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Regrouping

Once upon a time there was a girl who embarked upon a journey of healing. Not too far into it she started the anti-candida diet. And then after one smashing success of a week, some monthly hormones started kicking in and since then she has been eating carbohydrates non-stop… d’oh! There may or may not have been handfuls of chocolate chips at a time. :)

But I talked with Dr K on skype this morning, and she was nothing but helpful, encouraging… reminding me that this will build up my immune system, which can then beat the staph, kick the yeast out, get rid of the infection on my skin, and that it isn’t leading to a lifetime of deprivation, but of freedom.

It’s clear to see that Ezra’s little system handles life better this way as well. So obviously I need to remember that and make the right decisions for him. She also explained that once our immune systems have had a chance to take a break from fighting that stuff for so long, and be built up again, you can introduce things back again and see how it goes.

Sooo… we’re back on the wagon. Come aboard if you like!!

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Day three and no eczema!

You guys this is so crazy I can hardly believe it. I first remember eczema my sophomore year of high school. Which was 15 years ago! I have had eczema for 15 years. And in just three days of clean eating it is gone! Sometimes the eczema has just been a minor annoyance, sometimes it has been terrible, cracked, awful, itchy. A few months ago I read that hydrocortisone cream, which I used daily for the last 15 years, is not good for long term use and suppresses the immune system. When I read that I switched to coconut oil. I was happy with the results: it had the same effect, relieving the itchiness and kept it from getting too irritated. Which is all I was really after and thought I could do.

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Last night, at the end of the third day of this anti-candida eating, I was getting ready for bed and grabbed the coconut oil to put behind my ears. But the skin behind them is totally smooth! For the first time in 15 years! This is crazy!

Just had to share this with you.

Although I suspect the main culprit is dairy I hope to see some healing and be able to reintegrate it back in eventually. I have heard a lot of people say it is no good and it should be cut out entirely. That it’s just food for baby cows and other mammals don’t drink milk past babyhood. I think yes, we might have a profit-driven system full of unhealthy cows given weird amounts of gmo-corn and antibiotics: not good. We might have people with an actual allergy: not good. We might have a tiny problem with pasteurization and homogenization, probably also not good. Buuutttt….. I think we’re just too far removed from the whole process. If you had a farm and a cow one hundred years ago, there is no way you would tell me: No, you shouldn’t take any of that milk for food. But sure, go ahead- kill that cow, pull it’s skin off, cut out it’s muscle and eat that. See? Milk seems a lot more reasonable and safe now, doesn’t it. :) You’d totally use the milk to maximize the nutrients your cow provides! And then you’d eat it after that. Or you’d just be vegan. Haha, okay end of rant.

So I’m clearly pro-dairy and now needing to reconcile that with the idea that it might be creating some problems for me. But one of the the things the N.D. explained when she was here is that our immune system is a little bit like a bucket. So even if you had a small problem with dairy, that might be fine in small amounts on it’s own. But if that’s in your bucket, plus another small problem with corn for instance, plus some stress, plus a cat walks by plus pollen in the air that day: soon your immune-system bucket is overflowing and you’re all symptomatic. So it’s really about identifying what works for you and what doesn’t and functioning in that.

Okay well now I’ve just been rambling a while. I just had to share about the eczema- even though I believe food has a real effect on us, this is shocking to experience!