DOTSLADY's SparkPeople Blog DOTSLADY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community What you DON'T need to beat Lyme disease <img src=""> <BR> <BR> From <link> </link> <BR> <BR> "Here’s what you don’t need to do to overcome Lyme disease: <BR> <BR> ~Prove that you have Borrelia <BR> ~Take antibiotics for months or years <BR> ~Fly across the country to see a Lyme specialist <BR> ~Check into a clinic for a month <BR> ~Spend thousands upon thousands of dollars <BR> ~Accurate testing for Borrelia, the microbe commonly ass... Wed, 17 May 2017 09:41:37 EST Meet Bb, Babs, aka Babesia <img src=""> <BR> <BR> From an article by Suzy Cohen, RPh <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Pertinent takeaways: <BR> <BR> Babesia causes an array of symptoms that change over time. You do not have to have all of the symptoms at once. Keep in mind, symptoms may change over time. It’s a symptom merry-go-round. In fact, symptoms of a Babesia infection could literally change every few minutes making ... Sun, 14 May 2017 23:27:47 EST Easy Peasy Lyme Memes AWARENESS = TREATMENT OPTIONS <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src="http://photosaw... Sat, 6 May 2017 13:48:58 EST Today's Salad I've never been one to take photos of my meals, and you can tell. HAHA! I don't care. Look at my messy mushy salad. (gluten free, grain free, dairy free, nightshade free, lectin free) #notaprettysight #yummy!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today's organic salad: <BR> <BR> 1. 1/2 bunch parsley <BR> 2. spring greens <BR> 3. 3 carrots, shaved <BR> 4. wheat grass! (bold move, Celiac!) historically told to stay cl... Thu, 4 May 2017 23:05:31 EST May Day! May Day! <img src=""> <BR> <em>437</em> When I was a little girl, I used to dance around the May Pole on May Day, isn't that the sweetest? It's a nice memory. I lived in Canada. When we moved to the States, we didn't see May Day as much of a celebration. <BR> <BR> <em>420</em> It's Lyme Awareness Month, I'm so sorry for you for all the posts I'm going to do. Just kidding! I do want to create awareness, but not stres... Mon, 1 May 2017 15:57:31 EST Cat Scratch Fever / Bartonella symptoms <img src=""> <BR> Nymph tick <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:27:53 EST Happy Easter, I'm being reborn + Lyme disease starter info <img src=""> <BR> <em>276</em> Energy nutritionist is rocking it. No! "I'M" rocking it! <em>530</em> What a difference it makes to get the right info in the right order! It seems I'm always a blog behind, so that will be for next time. <BR> <BR> <em>432</em> Allow to me to finish my thought from two blogs ago that I'd share info re Lyme dis-ease I found to be helpful. It turns out I had a few books in my... Sun, 16 Apr 2017 23:08:27 EST Re: Bob Harper's Familial Tendency for Heart Attack So, Mr. Harper spent eight days in the hospital following two days unconscious (how scary!) from a heart attack. He says his mom died from one when in her 50s. No wonder he's a fitness buff and eats clean as he can! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>art-attack/ </link> <BR> <BR> Well, I agree, it's definitely genetic as it's the soup of pathogens, virus, bacteria we are. I wonder if that will come out much in the media storm sure to come. (Am I media, haha? ;) ) ... Wed, 1 Mar 2017 22:52:17 EST Blymie, I have Lymie #Fibromyalgia is Lyme & Co-Infections? "I and this mystery. Here we stand." ~Walt Whitman <BR> <BR> <BR> Optional Titles I've gone to sleep thinking about: <BR> <BR> 1. The Worms Crawl In, the Worms Crawl Out <BR> 2. Can't See the Forest For The Trees <BR> 3. Stress You Can't See <BR> 4. Large and In Charge <BR> 5. I am Humpty Dumpty <BR> <BR> ________________________ <BR> <em>524</em> <em>590</em> <em>223</em> <em>90</em> <BR> <BR> And I'm hoping the magic is happening now that I know wth. Only took me 10 years ... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 14:46:35 EST Annual Halloween Funny <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ________________________________________<BR>_________________________ <BR> <BR> <em>223</em> How ARE YOU?! <BR> <BR> <em>219</em> Well, I'm ADD and a few thousand squirrels are running around in my brain getting ready for winter. Every time I go to write a blog about what's up with my bad self, something else bad happens and I lose my train of thought because it overwhelms moi (I ... Mon, 31 Oct 2016 18:05:39 EST paleo/low-histamine/candida diet food list Sorry you couldn't read the pic I posted in the last blog entry, Morticia! Here's a readable version (CAPITAL LETTERS are a strong status within its category): <BR> <BR> PALEO/LOW-HISTAMINE/CANDIDA FOODS TO AVOID <BR> <BR> ALCOHOL <BR> Balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar <BR> Bananas <BR> CANNED FOODS <BR> Chicken <BR> Chocolate <BR> CITRUS FRUITS <BR> Coffee/Black Tea <BR> Commercially prepared salads <BR> CURED MEATS: BACON, SAUSAGE, PEPPERONI <BR> Dairy (Especially AGED CHEESE) <BR> Drie... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 12:48:12 EST The Paralysis of Analysis <em>448</em> or <em>490</em> <BR> Chicken or Egg? <BR> <BR> I've spared you all my inner thoughts on a multitude of blog entries on this, but I have been here how many years (since 2006, yikes) trying to put together the puzzle that I am. Knowing what I know now? It's obvious of course. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> First of all, depression makes you introspective and wordy. My nephew who had undiagn... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 13:36:34 EST Not a White Christmas t'all Merry Christmas from balmy Texas y'all (85* today!) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> xo, Coco Puff <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> xo, Holly Berry <BR> <BR> <BR> ___________________________________ <BR> <BR> Nothing's changed even though I'... Sat, 26 Dec 2015 01:27:22 EST Pumpkin Smell-a-vision? I can't help it. This is cute. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <em>219</em> <em>471</em> <em>147</em> <em>334</em> Thu, 5 Nov 2015 11:41:58 EST HI! It's Halloween Humor Time! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> How ARE you all?! Miss you! Blog more soon. I'm on to something AGAIN! ;) Tue, 27 Oct 2015 21:11:44 EST Trending Now: Fatty Liver! Seriously, on Yahoo this minute! I must've been burning up the internet with all my searches. Here's one article from Time if you have the time. (Sitting too much is killing us.) <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Seems my apathetic giving-up attitude (life can be like an emotional roller-coaster when you have health ish-ews) or another Scrabble word, <BR> <BR> an·he·do·ni·a <BR> ˌanhēˈdōnēə,-hi-/ <BR> noun -PSYCHIATRY <BR> inability to feel pleasure <BR> <BR> has caught up t... Wed, 16 Sep 2015 12:02:50 EST Insulin Resistance & PCOS info/links I found a nice blog I can relate to based on my experience: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Treatment for 4 Types of PCOS. Treat the Cause by Lara Briden, ND: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> and <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Insulin sensitivity is improved by many other things including a HEALTHY GUT BACTERIA, and the hormones estradiol, and T3. <BR> <BR> Many nutritional supplements show promise for insulin resistance. The best ones... Sun, 6 Sep 2015 12:54:23 EST PCOS & Sometimes it's not what you eat so much as what you're not. My hair's been falling out by the handfuls the past few months. Trying to not be mortified about it as I pick up each strand on the dark bathroom tile and dark bathroom rug. I've had high testosterone for years. Doctors have only said, "that'll help you with muscle" ... as I've lost muscle not exercising and mostly not eating much due to SIBO diet treatment. Catch 33 there. Between a rock and a hard place. Marcia Marcia Marcia! You need to eat a Snickers. ha! <BR> <BR> <em>29</em> <em... Thu, 3 Sep 2015 13:12:30 EST 9 YEAR SPARKVERSARY! Where has time gone? I was hoping to be at goal by now (again). LOL. I'm stuck on 105 lbs lost (not a horrible thing, mind you! *pats on back*). <BR> <BR> Trying to shake it up again, so I started to weight train...yesterday (so that'd be once now). Today is rest day (yay). I'm SORE (what did ya expect from a fibro chick?!) <BR> <BR> You'd think I'd give this more thought. But I'm taking care of myself by going to bed to do my cellular repair now. Ta-ta! <BR> <BR> <em>384</em> <em>... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 23:31:16 EST Detoxing: Not For the Faint of Heart I know my liver's whacked, but do I really understand HOW whacked? No. Because if I did, I wouldn't have succumbed to wanting flavor on my dry Greek salad (sans feta, the best part/flavor: the more aged, the more bacteria, the more flavor) at Panera last night. It has crappity crap in it like MSG last I looked years ago. The addict (messy neurotransmitters due to messy gut) in me likes MSG apparently. I used to like burned toast, too. Very unhealthy to eat burned anything. But I digress. ... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 10:50:43 EST Was I Complaining About My Dogs? & SIBO Conference & New SIBO Test Now I can't stop huggin' on them (even if Coco puked and I had to unstuff her bed manually so I could wash it; and really I have to thank her for doing it on the tile, not rug), ran into the forest after a stray dog, pulled out pillow stuffing from another pillow all over the room, clawed my face trying to lick it, reached up and got the stuffing I'd taken and ran THAT around the room). She's a gangly teen. ;) <BR> <BR> Lil Holly, all 6 lbs of her, is a jumping bean trying to love me with ... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 14:31:13 EST Mike Mutzel Podcasts Are My Fave I'm on FB more than here, ya'all (yeah, I'm Southern today). But I don't blog my life like I do here. I'm always sharing Mike Mutzel podcasts over there (if you're also on FB, let me know so we can wave). I encourage you to check him out as he's so en pointe about relevant health topics (least in my world). I have his book, The Belly Fat Effect <link> </link> , and of course I read 1/2 and moved on to another book (limited attention span due to compromised B vitamin ... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 12:33:22 EST Hormone Update and May Cholesterol Results Paleo doc didn't really say much. He raised my estriol balance in my progesterone cream is all. He again grabbed my fatty parts and told me the hormones responsible: <BR> <BR> knees: thyroid <BR> lower belly: cortisol <BR> upper belly: can't remember (I'll edit when I do) <BR> back fat: can't remember <BR> arm fat: can't remember, but I heard this fat is VERY hard to get rid of (a Sean Croxton podcast, I can't remember the guest) <BR> <BR> He wants to check my neurotransmitters. I'm leery... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 14:01:59 EST I Could Use Hormone Help In learning about the gut, I missed the chapters on hormones. I kinda refuse to learn about them; have no energy for it and my memory doesn't serve me :P I got a bunch of blood labs last week, and the results are rolling in. Waiting for cholesterol (which neither doc cares about, btw, and I know why, but I want to see what effect the diet changes have made to LDL if anything. I look at it as a liver marker of sorts. My LDL is usually high, lowest being 119 and you want under 100. Just call... Wed, 27 May 2015 17:15:02 EST Gut 101-the Effect of Foods by Dr. Tom O'Bryan Dr. Tom has gotten huge in the gluten/gut world since I met him a few years ago when he was going from city to city with his gut speech. Sean Croxton, Underground Wellness, showed him how to market himself/his message so he could reach more people via the internet, so I thought I'd share one of his emails if you're just starting to learn about how the gut can help or hinder your health journey. (Okay, and I'm trying to get a few SP points, too). ;) Seems I've been here since 2006 and don't... Mon, 25 May 2015 00:03:30 EST Recovering from Vacation <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am tired, and am still recovering from our 5 days in rainy So. Cal. This is the first vacay since the vacay from hell three years ago (which was the first vacay in forever). And, Yes, I packed the clouds with me, as it rained a lot and was chilly in San Diego. It was nice to get away and have a change of scenery, nice to see family, and nice to get home again. I wasn't prepared for the ... Sat, 23 May 2015 10:38:07 EST First Treatment on FODMAPs for Fibro I'm SO upset SP! Apparently you can't start a blog entry in the morning and complete it in the evening. After pushing the Post Blog Entry button it promptly disappeared. I should have copied it before pushing. I should have written it in a Word doc and copied it over. Shoulda, woulda, coulda. <BR> <BR> I can't write it again. I'm in a time crunch. Suffice it to say that my treatment didn't work all the way, but likely "something" is happening. I don't bloat as much anymore (my bloat wasn't h... Sun, 10 May 2015 20:10:19 EST I don't blame mom, I blame mom's biome. I struggle with sugar addiction apparently (in denial because I ate so well, but the urge doesn't let up!), and in the throws of stress tend to want potato chips, Starburst, and ice-cream (like a recovering alcoholic I'll say that I've been two years off the Lays and Starburst, and almost a year without ice-cream). Sugar doesn't sit so well with my gut/biome. I don't blame myself anymore either. Co-Co for Coco-Puffs comes to me easily as it's in the genes. I blame my mother? I am my mothe... Fri, 1 May 2015 10:16:22 EST BINGO! Cause of Fibro is SIBO! I've had enough testing the last few years to KNOW this doctor is talking about me and my experience. <BR> <BR> Low tryptophan? Check! <BR> Low serotonin? Check! <BR> Low melatonin? Check! <BR> Gut dysbiosis? Check! and on an on. <BR> <BR> If you have fibro, but haven't had all the tests to know, just having your anxiety, depression, insomnia, pain is enough! I hope you can ask your doctor for a SIBO breath test (demand it! Info in last blog entry). Some GI doctors have a breath machine... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 15:10:14 EST SIBO and FIBRO treatment (FODMAPs +) I have been seeing a paleo doctor (occasionally). It's a "boutique" service where I "get" to pay an extra $2k a year for personal attention. You know, like you idealistically believe you'll get from an allopathic doctor? Not to complain. I have credit cards for this. :P He is wonderful, btw. It's SUCH a relief, i.e. no stress, to talk to him because he GETS me! I got him to order me a SIBO test. Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth. More on this later, but how did I get here? <BR> <BR>... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 16:25:59 EST FAVE gut interviews today only They're free today, so watch if you can. Or buy them (so nice they're free for a bit). I'm out the door for an 8 hour drive to see old doctor or I'd catch you up to date. Every time I come here to document weight, I say I'm going to write a blog and don't. I have podcasts and summit videos to watch! DH will be in here wanting me packed and ready, and I'm blogging. :P So, quickly, change your paradigm maybe: <BR> <BR> Digestion Sessions II (sign up!! just google it) with Sean Croxton and Mi... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:15:38 EST Stewart (belated Halloween Humor) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I love me some gluten humor. <em>334</em> Sun, 2 Nov 2014 16:20:27 EST Free Eating Psychology Conference link <em>387</em> FYI: <link><BR>m </link> sign up for free speakers regarding different aspects of the psychology of eating. Speakers include Dr. Hyman, Dr. Sarah Gottfried (hormones), Jessica Ortner (tapping), Dr. Perlmutter (neurologist), Jon Gabriel (love him), Dr. Hyla Cass, Daniel Vitalis ... I think there will be 50 speakers during the week. I appreciate the pick-me-up when I'm feeling frazzled -- it helps keep me focused; maybe it will help you, to... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:00:45 EST H PYLORI. Another route to a LEAKY GUT Much needs to be shared and I know I'll forget some, but here goes. <BR> <BR> My Christmas present 2013 was getting an endoscopy from a new gastroenterologist who wanted to check on the status of my villous atrophy/celiac (it has been since Jan 31, 2006 since celiac endoscopy/diagnosis). He snipped a bunch of biopsies, and I awaited 10 days for results: celiac villous atrophy was great, no problem - yay (I was a Marsh Stage III meaning my villi were nubbins (out of IV who often don't respo... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 18:20:00 EST Another Genova Test, Massage and a Funny I sent another stool sample Monday to Genova: The Comprehensive Gastrointestinal Profile #2100 ( <link> </link> ). I understand they are changing the tests within this test and not including the parasitology starting Oct. 28th. I was in such a hurry to mail the test I sent it without the cover/box for protecting the vials! I sure hope they get it okay?! ew! The genetics counselor wanted a more recent test. I'm primarily checking dysbiosis/bacterial imbalance within... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 14:38:20 EST Carrying On From Fun: Carry On <BR> <BR> "If you're lost and alone <BR> Or you're sinking like a stone <BR> Carry on <BR> May your past be the sound <BR> Of your feet upon the ground <BR> Carry on" <BR> <BR> It's marching music: <link> </link> for a mellow march/walk. I misplaced my iTouch and I miss my walking tunes. <BR> <BR> __________________ <BR> <BR> We got Dd moved into her new apt. and with luck and a prayer she will do fine. That's what I said the first day. ... Fri, 20 Sep 2013 10:05:17 EST Catch Up Time <img src=""> <BR> old pic, I've let my hair grow so I can pony-tail it for walking in the heat. <BR> <BR> I've been a ghost, so sorry, but it was necessary for me to take a break this last year or so. I have maintained my 40 lb gain because I've not been eating low-histamine (more like potato chips, Starburst, and even ice-cream - I should share THOSE labs). The doc had me change thyroid dose from 150mcg to 50mcg and I'm still astound... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 21:57:46 EST RIP Musti <img src=""> <BR> Jenny on left, Musti on right. Musti would never stay still for a picture, so this is a pretty good shot of the old man. :) <BR> <BR> Our black lab, Musti, was put down yesterday. He was my other lab, Jenny's, puppy. <BR> <BR> His hind legs could not sustain him any longer. He would whine and/or bark from his comfy pillows in my bedroom I think for company or to tell me what, I don't know. After 5 minutes or more h... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 21:50:26 EST CT Scan Results: Not cancer but let's rescan in a few After I followed the scan machine's instructions to hold my breath, then breathe, etc., the tech said over the intercom that I needed to lower my pants as she didn't know they had metal grommets which interferes with the end product. I do so and therefore have to be rescanned; ie, double radiation, which ticked me OFF! <link><BR>82398582691047.html#printMode </link> <BR> <BR> As usual, I asked for copies of my medical results and guess which pics were ... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 22:01:38 EST CT Scan Done I had the CT scan this morning after many phone calls regarding the dye. I got what I'm calling a "dry" scan with no dye. I'd reacted to the Ultravist contrast dye a couple of years ago when I was tested for lung cancer (um, turned out to be GERD) via CT scan. I had an itchy throat which was closing up, heart palpitations/racing, anxiety, dizziness (I've since come to learn that all this is due to histamine intolerance). I was given IV Benadryl (an anti-histamine) and not allowed to driv... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 22:07:20 EST I'll be seeing more doctors. Kidney cancer? I'll post my ultrasound records later. 2.8cm (about 1") hard mass. Doc said they didn't say 'suspicious' which he didn't like. He wasn't reassuring, and after I looked online, I'm not reassured either. Phew. Need to find my happy place. It has been so long. I picked up a Bernie Segal book at a used bookstore about laughter and cancer; guess I'll grab it off the shelf. <BR> <BR> Supposed to get CT scan next (which I'm not keen to do as I react to the dye) and/or biopsy. Hairdresser... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 22:04:46 EST Tired of Doctors Kidney pain started 15th of Jan. Got flu on 16th (norovirus or some such 24-hr version coming out both ends at same time. beautiful stuff). Kidneys continued hurting so went to ER (couldn't find instacare) and they did urinalysis which was negative to white or red blood cells. They put me on antibiotics for 7 days. Then I got additional script for more days cause pain wasn't going away. Stopped after 10th straight day. Went back to doc and they said they'd set up ultrasound. Waited da... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 23:18:28 EST Crazy Cholesterol & Other Labs Jan 4, 2013 <BR> <BR> VAP Cholesterol Test <BR> Test/Ref Range <BR> <BR> LDL Direct 174 H (less than 130mg/dL) <BR> Total HDL Direct 69 (40 or more) <BR> Total VLDL 15 (under 30) <BR> Total Cholesterol 258 H (less than 200) <BR> Triglycerides 72 <BR> Total Non-HDL (LDL+VLDL) 190 H (less than 160) <BR> Total APOB100 calc 118 H (under 109) <BR> <BR> LP(a) 19 H (under 10) <BR> IDL 9 (under 20) <BR> Real LDL 146 H (under 100) <BR> Sum Total LDL 174 H (under 130) <BR> Real LDL Size Pat... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 15:15:08 EST Food Allergy Cartoon <img src=""> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 07:47:56 EST New Thyroid Dose December 7, 2012 <BR> <BR> TSH: 8.233 High (ref range .40-4.20) <BR> Free T-4: 1.20 (.80-1.80) <BR> Free T3: 1.87 Low (2.3-4.2) <BR> <BR> New dose started yesterday, Jan 6, 2012: <BR> <BR> Synthroid upped to .150 mcg from .125 mcg. <BR> Cytomel 5mcg added (I've not tried this before). <BR> <BR> Mon, 7 Jan 2013 12:59:37 EST Food Allergy Cartoon <img src=""> Mon, 7 Jan 2013 12:52:23 EST Keep pushing. <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> <em>345</em> Mon, 7 Jan 2013 12:32:33 EST Unzipping the Unhappy Me I'm emotionally up and down. DH usually returns home after a 7-8 hr drive Friday nights and leaves on Sundays back to his new work locale out of state. He likes his new job and that's good for him. He was home for a week or so during Christmas holidays and it was pretty okay I guess. <BR> <BR> Miss Julie, Therapist, talked about "isms" in life -- alcoholism, consumerism (shopping addiction), pornography-ism?, drug addiction-ism, etc; how they're diversions from reality. I guess I could... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 17:43:45 EST Cry-y-y-ing ... STILL Another emotional setback. Actually my heart has been talking to me. I've been bawling on and off during the day as I may have mentioned in previous blog posts, not sure anymore. Sometimes I don't know why, and I told Miss Julie, Therapist, that I feel like I have Post Traumatic Stress. She concurred. <BR> <BR> DH and I talked for 4 hrs. So glad the daughter didn't come home. I'm tired of thinking about This and That. I don't talk to anyone else about it except the therapist. I've go... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 03:21:57 EST Thanks for Giving Dd worked, and Dh and I went to a neighbor's. When I look back at my state of mind the past 6 months, I can say I was an emotional wreck: I felt anxiety to the nth degree, but it was a different anxiety than my celiac anxiety as I could handle it. I can attribute this to the fact that I have MUCH MUCH MUCH! better adrenal health this time around due to a better-for-ME allergen-free diet. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I baked a ham and some sweet potatoes. Neighbor was willing to roast a gf turkey ... Sat, 24 Nov 2012 13:19:07 EST