Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for September 09, 2006

Went to the Chiropractor today. We do the regular stretches and talk about the different vitamins. I mention about my success with magnesium and he doesn’t say much other than they all are equally important and that they all work together.

I also mention about the homeopathic remedy magnesium phosphorica and he’s very interested and asks if I know what it’s specific use is. So I told him that the Loblaw’s description said it was good for menstrual cramps! He suggested that I look into it more to find out some of the other uses where magnesium phosphorica is used.

Tonight as we were putting dinner together, I decided to have some potatoes. We don’t have the time to roast them as we’ve been doing lately so I’ll cook them in the microwave. No microwaveable plastic for me, so I cook them in a deep ceramic dish and cook them on high for ten minutes.

I was only telling my wife earlier in the day how great my allergies felt.

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September 10, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for September 04, 2006

Previous Night Vibration Status: NONE
Morning Vibration Status: Slight vibration

For weeks now my eyes have been red, itchy and watering all of the time.  Is it my allergies or a lack of sleep? Who knows…

Since I’ve had two riboflavin injections I might as well stop taking the B vitamins and see if I get any of my “B vitamin” symptoms.

September 4, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for September 03, 2006

I’ve added my profile to RemedyFind detailing my history with Allergic Rhinitis:

Personal Bio: I grew up in a small town called Orangeville for most of my life. Late in high school, I had discovered a love for photography and became the yearbook photographer. My health issues started around 1990 after my last year of high school. I was 19 years old and I went to the doctor for allergies.

He gave a nasal spray called RHINARIS. It did nothing for my allergies so I went back to him and he gave me another prescription for the same thing but he told me to try it for a longer period of time. I tried it again and it had no effect so I figured it was something that you just have to live with.

I had just finished working in a photo lab and I had suspected that it could be the photo chemicals but I never handled them, never touched them and I only worked the cash so I really had nothing to do with them. That summer I went on a trip to England and spent three weeks walking around Liverpool discovering the places were the Beatles had found their fame.

Later in the year I moved to Toronto and I thought it was a good time to find a new doctor. I went to a walk in clinic for my allergies and I told him about how I thought the trip to England might have had an effect on my allergies having been out of my regular environment for three weeks but it made no difference. He found this interesting and commented on the fact that if anything it should’ve been worse because of the cold and damp weather. He refered me to an ear, nose and throat specialist.

Went to the specialist and he performed a weird procedure where he used something like a sodering gun and was burning something in each one of my nostrils. I went home with cotton balls in my nose and I wasn’t allowed to blow my nose for a couple of days. He said something would fall out of each nostril within the week and it did. Did it have any effect on my allergies? None.

Another attempt was made with my allergies when I went to a different doctor. He sent me to an allergy clinic in downtown Toronto. There I had a skin test done and the test came back that I was allergic to dust, pollen, grasses and mold. The strongest reaction? Cats. I found it strange because at the time, I didn’t own any cats and my parents never had any either. They told me that I had Allergic Rhinitis and recommended allergy shots over a five year plan. I started them for a few months and quit. It wasn’t making any difference.

I went four years dealing with my symptoms until I tried again. Another doctor I went to suggested I try Rhinocort. I tried it and again it made no difference. Then I read an article in the Toronto Star about a woman who had a variety of health issues that were greatly improved when she had her mercury fillings removed. I think one of her symptoms were allergies so it was off to my dentist. It seemed logical to me as I had a lot of dental work done around the time my allergies started. I had my mercury fillings removed and it made no difference.

I moved to a downtown location a year later and we lived close to a health food store so I asked them for some advice. She suggested taking a homeopathic remedy called Sinna and this time, I got results. It cleared my nose and there was mild improvement but I still had my allergies. It was helping but I was looking for the root cause.

I always felt that my allergies never fit the usual descriptions to describe them. The doctors would ask me if it changed with the seasons? NO. Did it change with the difference in weather? NO. I had allergies all year round and it never seemed to be affected by the types of food I ate.

This time I decide to go back to the doctor that gave me a referal to the allergy clinic and I started taking allergy shots again. Once a week for two years I took allergy shots and again, it didn’t really make any difference. Maybe a little…it was hard to tell.

I’ve always been a fairly healthy person despite my diet and since moving to Toronto, I’ve never had a regular doctor. I would go to the nearest walk in clinic if I had any minor issues.

Last year I finally developed a weird set of symptoms totally unrelated to my allergies that no doctor could figure out what was causing my problems. I had numerous test results: three blood tests, two urine tests, two ECG tests, chest x-ray, abdominal ultrasound, stool sample, colonoscopy, gastrocopy, hormone testing, hair analysis that all came back normal. I was really irritated because all of these tests and procedures recommended by doctors were showing normal. They seemed to think because the testing was normal then there was nothing wrong. I was of the opinion that they were doing the wrong type of testing. I had neurological symptoms and I was being told it was normal.

It wasn’t until I took to using Google on a daily basis to get an understanding of my symptoms that I began to question the regular doctors. I tried all kinds of alternative methods and nothing worked. No one was able to determine the root cause.

My best results were from Google searches and when I finally made a series of breakthroughs I began questioning everything and everyone. I began reading stories about CBC’s Wendy Mesley’s breast cancer and how she thought it was caused by the birth control pill. Newscaster Bill Cameron who went to a throat specialist to be told there was nothing wrong and he died nine months later of esophageal cancer. 14 year old Brooke Di Bernardo had weird symptoms for four years with doctors and specialists telling her there was nothing wrong because their tests came up normal. Another doctor told the parents that she was doing it for attention. They diagnosed her with pulmonary hypertension the day after she died. The family looked up the symptoms of pulmonary hypertension and they matched her symptoms exactly. How was this missed by so many doctors and specialists? I was outraged by these stories and I started to live by a very famous quote:

“The important thing is to never stop questioning” -Albert Einstein

And I never did. I questioned the doctors because I was finding things that made me better and I would present my findings to them only to be questioned and they never seemed to be interested in nutrition despite me eating things that made me feel better or had an impact on my symptoms. I even gave them a diet diary but they only seemed to be interested in disease and not prevention.

I began to realize that simple obvious signs that I had ignored were actually symptoms and connected to my current health problems even though I had them for years. Symptoms like chapped lips, muscle twitching and blaming extreme tiredness on a lack of sleep.

Don’t get me wrong. Google should never replace a trained professional medical doctor and I’ve been wrong several times using it. But at the same time, when used to verify or validate what the doctors were telling me or to question what they were telling me, is when I found success.

Because of my success with my other health problems, I thought I would use Google again to try and figure out the cause of my allergies and I did. I came across a quote from the internet that quoted a doctor that said “99 percent of people who have allergies are allergic to microwaved food”. I questioned how people could be allergic to food that was microwaved so I looked further. I then found a study that talked about a chemical that was said to cause Allergic Rhinitis:

http://www.webmd.com/content/article/95/103140.htm

Plastic containers that contained the additive called: Benzyl Butyl Phthalate can cause Allergic Rhinitis. I started to wonder if this chemical was used for microwaveable containers so I stopped eating microwaved food.

I was just finishing my tenth accupuncture treatment and although it made a difference in the blockage in my nose, I still had my allergies. I was also trying different chinese herbs but they too didn’t seem to make a big difference either.

Then I stopped eating food in plastic microwaveable containers. Every day following my ban I could feel the inflamation in my nose slowing disappearing. Then I found another study that suggested that same chemical was found in our toothbrushes so I switched to one from the health food store.

Here’s the site: http://www.mst.dk/chemi/01083703.htm

I also cames across another study that suggested there was a link between Allergic Rhinitis and infants exposed to cigarette smoke:

http://www.brightsurf.com/news/headlines/view.article.php?ArticleID=24477

My father smoked until I was 10 years old and the above link was only a study on infants. My Allergic Rhinitis didn’t develop until I was 19 so is there a connection? Who knows…but it’s something I’m very suspicious of. I am the oldest child and my younger brother doesn’t have allergies just like the article suggested.

Very recently I’ve had really bad allergies for two days then they disappear. This has happened twice lately and I questioned it because it didn’t make any sense and it seemed to be related to take out food. Is it possible I ate microwaved food without knowing it? I ate a different resaurant each time so it’s possible that I may have an undiagnosed food allergy that I always thought was my regular allergies. I had roasted greek potatoes both times and I suspect it had something to do with the sauce.

Self discovery is a wonderful thing and I am thrilled that a site like RemedyFind is around to share my experiences to help other people.

My recent health problems? A combination of severe vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Did I learn this from a any doctor or specialist? Nope. I learned from self education. I’ve been to so many different types of doctors. Numerous Walk-in Clinic Doctors, my regular Doctor, a Naturopath, a Gastroenterologist, an Acupuncturist, a Chiropractor, an Osteopath, an Iridoligist and finally a Neurologist.

Each one of them provided me clues that I strung together for a self diagnosis. Some of them sent me in wrong directions and I came to the conlusion that they were guessing as much as I was. The fact that I had Google for my searches seemed to give me an advantage because I found that they never seemed to do any research of their own. I’d get the normal lines “We’re not sure why that happens…” or “I believe in the art of medicine…if it makes you feel good, keep doing it.”

I’ve never been a person to eat any type of raw fruits and I rarely had any vegetables with my meals. It wasn’t until I did my research about eating healthy and the importance of eating fruits and vegetables that I realized how malnutritioned I was. Did any doctor mention the importance of eating fruits and vegetables? Nope, not one.

For the past six months I’ve been constantly trying different combinations of vitamins, minerals and enzymes to find out what worked best. I noticed the biggest difference when I started taking vitamin A and vitamin E probably because they are fat soluble vitamins. Vitamin A helped the blockage in my nose and vitamin E made a huge difference to my skin and I was shocked at the improvement.

I have a severe Riboflavin deficiency that seems to be caused by a chronic level of Magnesium. Based on my diet over the past fifteen years it’s not hard to see why. But the main things that worked for my current symptoms?

A prescription from a medical doctor for a B2 Riboflavin injection when I convinced him that it matched my symptoms (And this was over a year after my symptoms first started). Then I discovered that I couldn’t get it from any pharmacy anywhere in Canada so I ordered it from Europe. An Omega Three supplement that was recommended by a friend for no reason other than good health, and Magnesium for a deficiency that a two doctors told me I didn’t have.

I’ve read the book by Carolyn Dean called “The Miracle of Magnesium” and it turns out I have nineteen symptoms of a magnesium deficiency.

“No one knows your health better than you.”

September 3, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Entry for September 02, 2006

So serious allergic reactions have risen 600% and food allergies by 400% since 1990. Mmmm…I wonder what became popular around that time? Around the same time as my parents bought one…

Could it all be linked to microwaveable plastic containers? Or formula fed babies?

Food Allergy Hospitalizations Rise 400 Percent

Hospital admissions for anaphylaxis (serious allergic reaction in several areas of the body) have risen by 600%, and those for food allergy by 400%, since 1990. Prescriptions for all types of allergy have also increased during this time.

The findings are based on a time trends analysis of information from national surveys, consultations with primary care health practitioners, prescriptions, hospital admissions, and deaths.

The good news in the study was that eczema and hay fever rates seem to have stabilized, but the researchers speculate that the increases, including the huge 400 percent increase in hospitalizations for food allergies, may be due to changes in medical care or in the sources of allergic disease.

Some of the most allergenic foods out there are pasteurized milk, soy and wheat (gluten), so if you think you’re suffering from a food allergy, avoiding these foods is nearly always helpful. You can also be sensitive to food additives like artificial colors, preservatives and flavor enhancers (MSG), so avoiding processed foods may also help.

September 2, 2006 Posted by | Health | , | Leave a comment

Entry for September 01, 2006

Previous Night Vibration Status: Extremely Weak
Morning Vibration Status: Extremely Weak

Woke up and my allergies have now disappeared. It has to be a food allergy that I’ve never been aware of until now.

I’m going to try something different today. I’ve been taking the Nutra Sea Omega 3 in the mornings but I’m going to start taking it at night.

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Entry for August 31, 2006

All morning, I still have the really bad symptoms of allergies. Runny nose, puffy red eyes and sneezing constantly. It’s driving me crazy!

I know this has happened recently so I look back in the blog and find the date: August 2nd. I check through my banking transactions for that day and there is one purchase at Zellers. It’s in the same mall I was in yesterday and although I’m not 100% sure, I think we ate in the same food court but I ate at a different resturant.

Now that I’ve thought about both meals, there is a connection: Roasted potatoes.

I’ve always loved roasted potatoes and at home we have them a few times a week. I suspect the difference is the sauce. At the greek restaurant they have serve the potatoes in a great tasting tomato sauce and there was the same type of sauce on the potatoes at the second restaurant.

I’m scrolling through my blog to see if I can find any reference to my allergies. Do I find anything? Yup: July 6th. I checked my online banking transactions again and this time, I don’t have any clues…

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Entry for August 30, 2006

I had take out dinner tonight and the weird thing is I’ve been sneezing almost none stop since I got home with a runny nose. I had a turkey dinner and I don’t think it was microwaved food. Here’s what I had:

Turkey, mixed vegetables (corn, carrots & peas), roasted potatoes and a cabbage salad.

I ate the dinner with my vitamins including my old enzymes. Eating turkey and the cabbage is the only difference in my diet today. I’m beginning to think I have a food allergy and the new enzyme book talks about food allergies caused by a lack of enzymes. Of course it was fast food so who knows what was really added to the food?

Any time I get these symptoms again, I’ll track what I ate.

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Entry for August 08, 2006

Does sneezing point to Parkinson’s?
By JULIE WHELDON
 
10:31am 8th August 2006

Common allergies could be directly linked to the chances of developing Parkinson’s Disease, scientists have discovered. Research revealed that sufferers from allergies such as hayfever, that trigger runny noses and streaming eyes, are three times more likely to develop the brain condition.

The discovery could shed new light on Parkinson’s as it suggests inflammation may play a key role in the disease. However the researchers stressed there is little allergy sufferers can do to alter their risk of developing it. They should continue with their normal medicines to try to prevent their allergic symptoms.

Allergic rhinitis is the medical term for an inflammation of the nasal passages which is caused by the immune system over-reacting to substances in the air. One of the most common forms is hayfever which is triggered by pollen and the reaction can also be caused by dust and animal hair, leaving sufferers with permanent cold-like symptoms.

About a third of Britons will develop an allergy at some point in their lives and around 12 million get hayfever. The latest study, published in the journal Neurology, set out to discover if inflammation that is to blame for allergies is also linked to Parkinson’s Disease.

Previous research had revealed that taking anti-inflammatory drugs appeared to cut the risk of developing Parkinson’s, which affects around one in 500 people and leaves patients unable to control their movements.

Scientists from the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota studied 196 people who developed Parkinson’s and, over a 20-year period, compared them with the same number who did not. They found that patients who had allergic rhinitis were 2.9 times more likely to develop Parkinson’s than those without the reaction.

Lead researcher Dr James Bower said: ‘The association with Parkin-son’s Disease is increased to almost three times that of someone who does not have allergic rhinitis. ‘That’s actually a pretty high elevation.’

The study did not examine in detail what kind of allergy each person had nor when symptoms began. The team also stressed that it did not prove the allergies were causing Parkinson’s – just that there is a link between the two diseases and it may come down to inflammation.

‘People with allergic rhinitis mount an immune response with their allergies so they may be more likely to mount an immune response in the brain as well, which would produce inflammation,’ suggested

Dr Bower. ‘The inflammation produced may release certain chemicals in the brain and inadvertently kill brain cells as we see in Parkinson’s. ‘This discovery is exciting because in future we may be able to develop medications to block the inflammation.’

He warned, however, there is little allergy sufferers can do now to reduce their potential risk of developing the brain disease. ‘I wouldn’t worry if you have allergies,’ he said. ‘Treat the allergy symptoms you have to alleviate them at the time.’ But he added: ‘At this point we have no good evidence that this treatment will protect you from possibly developing Parkinson’s disease later.’

August 8, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , | Leave a comment

Entry for August 02, 2006

I tried an experiment today. I took 1 SISU Multi-Vi-Min capsule with my breakfast and another one with my lunch. For dinner, I decided to have a SISU B Complex instead. About an hour after taking it, I start sneezing like crazy. In fact, I’m sneezing for most of the night. Then I remember what the SISU site said about B Complex allergies.

Super B Complex
The richest sources of the B-vitamins are brewer’s yeast, liver, whole grain cereals, and yeasts, molds, bacteria and fungi. Unfortunately, this poses a problem for people with allergies. To compound the problem, many vitamin B supplements are highly allergenic.

Precautions
Riboflavin should not be taken by anyone with a B vitamin allergy or chronic renal disease. Other populations are unlikely to experience any difficulty from taking supplemental B2.

The SISU B Complex is specially formulated for people with B Complex allergies. So if it turns out that I am allergic, then I am allergic to the one thing I need the most to get better. But was it the vitamins or was it something I ate?

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Entry for July 06, 2006

Last night was very weird. I felt no difference by not taking my regular vitamins but my allergies were very strong. I had a constant runny nose and sneezing. They haven’t been this strong since I stopped eating the microwaved food and I didn’t have any today or yesterday.

Is there a possible link to me not taking the B vitamins?

Adrenal  Stress and Allergies

Allergic reactions typically have an adrenal component. Most allergies involve
the release of histamine and other pro-inflammatory substances (substances that
produce inflammation).

Cortisol, one of the primary hormones produced by the adrenal glands, is a
strong anti-inflammatory (a substance that reduces inflammation).
In fact, the amount of cortisol circulating in the blood is the key factor in
controlling the level of inflammatory reactions in the body.

For this reason proper adrenal function plays an important role in mediating the
histamine release and inflammatory reactions that produce the symptoms
experienced with allergies.

With Adrenal Fatigue there is more of a tendency to experience allergies.
The more histamine that is released, the more cortisol it takes to control the
inflammatory response and the harder the adrenals have to work to produce more
cortisol.

The harder the adrenals have to work, the more fatigued they become and the less
cortisol they produce, allowing histamine to inflame the tissues more. This
vicious circle can lead to progressively deeper Adrenal Fatigue as well as to
larger allergic reactions.

I’ll take the B vitamins today and see if I have any allergy symptoms.

Here’s my new dosage:

2 – B complex capsules
2 – 250 mg Magnesium Oxide
2 – 150 mg Magnesium Citrate with 250 mg Calcium
3 – 500 mg Vitamin C

July 6, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for June 14, 2006

In my research with Iridology, I come across the web site for the largest naturopathic and allergy clinic in North America and it happens to be in Toronto. I’ve never heard of it. One of the doctors wrote an article on Allergies:

Allergies
By Dr. Fateh Srajeldin N.D.

Allergies are hyper-reactive and adverse (systemic or total) bodily responses to a stimulus or multiple stimuli (antigens). These antigens are harmless to most people, but others show hyper-reaction when allergens gain access into the domain of their body. This hyper-reaction is a response from the body and a message to inform us of changes in the general status of the body. It is also one of many attempts of the body to free itself from the invading stimuli. The reaction is a protective measure from the body to reduce or nullify the effects of such stimuli. Many patients claim that they did not have allergies. They use the excuse that they never had allergies before. While I know that the statement is true, I also know that a diabetic never had diabetes before and a hypertensive patient did not have hypertension before. Therefore, the excuse of «I did not have allergies before» does not hold water any more and is insufficient to stamp a patient with allergy free individual.

Blood tests, skin tests and food elimination or rotation are not diagnostic tools for allergies. The only factors that determine patient’s allergies are the patient’s history of symptoms, its duration and periodicity. Allergy testing only confirms or denies your suspicion of allergies. Symptoms and history come first, tests come second.
Inherited or acquired.

During history taking a strong attempt is directed to find out whether the patient’s allergies are inherited at birth from parents or grandparents, or are allergies acquired after birth from patient’s life style, eating habits, work environment and medications. Acquired allergies arise from altered body ecology due to usage of medications, improper diet, and unhealthy lifestyle. Allergies caused by factors other than inheritance must not be treated as allergies. This type of allergies is considered as «an allergy like symptoms» not true allergies. The lymphatic system in this case would be congested due to medications, yeast or toxins. Further, at the same token the liver is weakened and unable to meet the body’s detoxification demands. In this case the cause of the problem is addressed during the treatment not the allergies that the patient is presenting.

Inherited allergies are attached to the body genetically and would be controlled by an extensive history taking during the first visit then a blood sample is drawn to evaluate the level of allergens in the sample. Blood sample would identify 200 different foods plus 50 inhalant allergens.

Allergies are classified according to the allergic response.

Type I
• is IgE mediated allergic reaction
• includes drugs, urticaria, anaphylaxis, angioedema and stings.

Type II
• is complement-dependent and involves 1gM or IgG antibodies, where the antibody is fixed on the circulating blood cell and than destroyed (cytolytic and cytotoxic)
• includes the following disorders due to drug interactions: systemic lupus erythematosus, lupoid hepatitis, autoimmune hemolytic anemia, thrombocytopenic purpura and agranulocytosis.

Type III
• is an immune complex disease
• involves IgG where a drug reaction is demonstrated by serum sickness
• includes arthralgia, arthritis, urticaria skin eruption, lymphadenopathy and fever
• the reaction may last for up to 2 weeks or until the offending drug is eliminated by the liver and the kidney.

Type IV
• is a cell mediated delayed hypersensitivity with I cells type lymphocytes, which occurs in 24-48 hours after exposure.
• an example of such a reaction is contact dermatitis due to topically applied substances such as drug or poison.

What are allergens?
There are approximately 1.4 million different pollen and ragweeds in one teaspoon. Only four are needed to trigger an allergic reaction in a susceptible patient. Some allergens are: dusts, ragweeds, pollens, drugs, molds, grasses, animal hair, animal dandruff.

Enzymes
Reduced digestive enzymes or co-enzymes due to digestive problems and/or poor structure or due to heredity induce IgA and Gamma globulin.

Vaccines
It was found that some vaccines destroy I-regulatory cells that are produced by the thymus. These cells help reduce allergic effects. Vaccines, chemical exposure and some drugs reduce the effects of the I-regulatory cells or destroy them. Most vaccines are based on the introduction of bacteria, virus or their antigen into the blood stream. Such bacteria, virus or antigen are made of proteins that are foreign to the body. Most allergic reactions after a vaccination are related to the body’s reaction to that protein. Some individuals develop allergies shortly after vaccination.

Food and food additives
Some foods contain elements that the body is not familiar with it to digest it. Gluten, milk protein, milk sugar (lactase) are proteins that the body may not be able to digest them and consequently react to them upon ingestion. Not being able to digest any protein means that its presence would lead to mal-absorption of any food that contains the protein in question. At the first attempt to ingest such protein the intestine react to its presence by flattening its villi. Such intestinal reaction would lead to abdominal pains, gas, diarrhea or indigestion as follows:

I. expedite the transit time of unwanted food to prevent its absorption
II. shorten its exposure time in the intestine to lessen its adverse effects
III. the downfall of this procedure is that the body would absorb other material present in the intestine that it would have otherwise not absorbed.

Organic weakness due to lifestyle
Weakness of the lymphatic system, thinning of the intestinal walls, the liver and the thymus.

Chronic infections
Ear infections, tonsillitis, digestive track abnormalities, mononucleosis, chronic fatigue symptom, PMS (females only) and hepatitis.

Candida albicans
Antibiotics, birth control pills, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy set the stage for fungal infections by altering the bowel’s flora. The once controlled fungus, invades the intestinal mucosa to the flora making fenestrations in the flora exposing the species to the blood system. Once in the blood stream, it invades the uterine and vaginal cells, among other organs and tissues. Allergies develop over time with these patients due to the presence and over growth of fungus.

Stress
Destroys cellular enzymes that lead to cellular distress.
Improper weaning during infancy
In the span between birth and first birthday many parents make many irresponsible dietary mistakes with their infants that set the stage to allergies to settle in their children’s body. An improper weaning of your infant may lead to the introduction of certain by-products and toxins into the liver. Being unable to break these toxins down, their presence congests and weakens the liver. As a reaction to allergens in the body produces histamine, the liver’s role is to remove it from the body. Due to its weakness and congestion, however, the liver struggles in removing histamine and consequently, histamine builds up in the body leading to more allergic reactions. The best place to start allergy treatment is at the liver.

Food
Allergies start as a reaction to one type of food, food additives or food colourings. The body would attempt to capture whatever is causing the allergy and remove it. Repeated introduction of the same allergens would weaken the body organs. Further weakness of the organs would surface allergic symptoms.

Symptoms of allergy
General symptoms include pain, epistaxis, weight loss, night sweats (excluding hypoglycemia), temperature, tonsillitis, fatigue and frequent cold; sneezing, cough, itchy eyes, ears, nose and root of the mouth.

Diagnosis
Past medical history: physical and psychological Family history: parents, grand parents on sides, brothers, sisters, etc.
History of signs and symptoms: in-uterine history, infancy, childhood, teens and adulthood.

Foods to eliminate
Sugar including all its names, shapes, forms and disguise; milk, wheat, gluten, eggs, coffee, tea, citrus fruits, MSG.

Habits
Chew food well, do not eat fruits with your meals and do not drink water during meals.

Order of tests
I. Food rotation
II. IgG, IgE, 260 food allergens in serum test
III. The radioallergosorbent test (RAST)
IV. Cytotyxic allergy test
V. The cardiovascular test (complimentary)

Remedies
Must be hypoallergenic: Vitamin A, Vitamin E, glutathione, quercetin, echinacea and zinc.

Homeopathic
Lyphosot drops, Chelidonium drops, Co-Enzyme drops.

Dr. Fateh Srajeldin N.D. of Toronto Ontario is the director of the largest naturopathic and allergy clinic in North America. Currently, he is treating members of the royal families in the Gulf area who have traveled specifically to be treated by Dr. Srajeldin N.D.

June 14, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for June 03, 2006

My second appointment of the day was a follow up with my naturopath. I take in my research since my last visit and I have with me my EMF meter and my Miswaak. She pulls my file from her briefcase and mentions how she talks about my file in her current course.

She pulls out an article for me called “Oral Mines Uncovered” written by a homeopathic dentist Dr. Gary Fortinsky. In the article, she points out that exposure to mercury fillings can effect the nervous system. Interesting stuff but I had mine removed about ten years ago. I had them removed when I came across an article in the paper about a women who had experienced a variety of health issues and how she discovered that it was linked to her mercury fillings.

I start by showing her the meter and ask her if I can measure her laptop. She agrees and as I move closer, it raises the needle to the danger range. I offer it to her and she measures the power outlet beside her desk. It measures a low reading and I tell her to measure the power adapter attached to the cable. She does and it give a high reading. She seems really interested and wants to know where I bought it.

She asks about the stomach acid test and I told her I didn’t burp at all when I did the first test, and I did it again a few days later after taking niacin and it returned to normal. She makes a notation in her file. I tell her about the success with niacin and the B complex vitamins. She points out the high aluminum reading for my hair analysis and says I should be adding zinc to my daily vitamins. I ask her about the niacin dosage and if I can increase it. She looks it up in her medical book and gives the okay to increase it to 300 mg.

I review my notes and mention how my plantar fasciitis improved within days of taking niacin. She seemed surprised by this and I continue. I mention my allergies and how I came across a study that showed the effects of microwaving plastic and a possible link to Allergic Rhinitis. She tells me how the plastic can cause a hormone imbalance so I ask her if I can be tested. She provides the form and it will cost $240.00. Expensive but I’m going to do it. It’s a simple saliva test that has to be done within the first hour of waking up. The test is for the four main male hormones: Estradiol, Testosterone, DHEA and Cortisol.

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Entry for May 31, 2006

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I get into work and I ask my friend if he was able to get me the Miswaak. He reaches under his desk and pulls out a small twig. It’s about eight inches long and it doesn’t have the bristles that a regular toothbrush has. He says the bristles will form as I use it. He told me I should clean it using water and to place it in water for thirty minutes before using. After thirty minutes, I give it a try. It has a nice mild tree taste to it and although a little weird and unconventional, I like it. Now let’s see if it works for my allergies…

I’ve been taking 200 mg of Niacin now for three weeks and I’m feeling great. The vitamins really seem to be working. The vibration is very faint and I can barely feel it anymore. I’m so excited about my recent success that I’ll tell anyone who will listen. As I’m explaining my story to a women in the office, I mention how I had Plantar Fasciitis and a guy mentions that he’s been dealing with the same problem and has orthopedic inserts that don’t seem to fix the pain. So I’m now explaining my story to both of them and how the Niacin got rid of it within a week.

He was absolutely amazed at hearing this and was willing to give it a try. I tell him to pick up 100 mg of pure Niacin at his local health food store.

My follow up appointment with the Naturopath should be fun on Saturday. Wait until I tell her about the microwaved plastic allergy and my new toothbrush. I’m going to ask her if there is a positive way to test for the benzyl butyl phthalate plastic allergy and I’m also thinking about the hormone test for Xenoestrogen. Something that will confirm my new diagnosis.

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Entry for May 30, 2006

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I mentioned to a friend of mine about my allergies to plastic chemicals in a toothbrush. Am I supposed to stop brushing my teeth all together? He tells me about a natural toothbrush that is used in muslim religion called a Miswaak and he can get me one.

Miswaak: An Oral Health Device
Preliminary Chemical and Clinical Evaluation

A variety of oral hygiene measures have been used since the dawn of time. This has been verified by various excavations done all over the world, in which toothpicks, chewsticks, tree twigs, linen strips, bird feathers, animal bones and porcupine quills were recovered.

Those that originated from plants are tasty twigs and although primitive they represented a transitional step towards the modern toothbrush. It has been stated that about seventeen plants could be enumerated as natural sources for several of these oral hygiene devices.

The most widely used tree twigs since early times is the Siwak or Miswaak. The stick is obtained from a plant called Salvadore Persica that grows around Mecca and the Middle East area in general. It is widely used among Muslims after Prophet Mohammed realised its value as a device which should be used by Muslims to clean their teeth. In this respect he is considered the first dental educator in proper oral hygiene.

Advantages of the Miswaak:

1. Miswaak strengthens the gums and prevents tooth decay.
2. Miswaak assists in eliminating toothaches and prevents further decay.
3. Miswaak creates a fragrance in the mouth.
4. Miswaak is a cure for illness.
5. Miswaak eliminates bad odors and improves the sense of taste.
6. Miswaak sharpens the memory.
7. Miswaak is a cure for headaches.
8. Miswaak creates lustre (noor) on the face of the one who continually uses it.
9. Miswaak causes the teeth to glow.
10. Miswaak strengthens the eyesight.
11. Miswaak assists in digestion.
12. Miswaak clears the voice.

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Entry for May 28, 2006

Tobacco Smoke Linked to Allergic Rhinitis in Infants

May 18, 2006 – CINCINNATI—University of Cincinnati (UC) epidemiologists say it’s environmental tobacco smoke—not the suspected visible mold—that drastically increases an infant’s risk for developing allergic rhinitis by age 1.

Commonly known as hay fever, allergic rhinitis occurs when a person’s immune system mistakenly reacts to allergens (aggravating particles) in the air. The body then releases substances to protect itself, causing the allergy sufferer to experience persistent sneezing and a runny, blocked nose.

This is the first study to show a relationship between environmental tobacco smoke exposure and allergic rhinitis in year-old infants, the UC team reports in the June issue of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology and an early online edition May 17.

“Previous studies have addressed risk factors for allergic rhinitis, but they failed to examine multiple environmental exposures, and some yielded contradictory results,” says Jocelyn Biagini, lead author and an epidemiologist in UC’s environmental health department.

The study evaluated the effects of numerous indoor exposures to such things as environmental tobacco smoke, visible mold, pets, siblings and the day-care environment on 633 infants under age one.

“We found that infants who were exposed to 20 or more cigarettes a day were three times more likely to develop allergic rhinitis by their first birthday than those who were not exposed,” says Biagini.

These findings, she says, suggest that for the health of their children, it’s important for parents to eliminate tobacco smoke from their homes.

“An infant’s lungs and immune system are still developing in the first year of life,” says Grace LeMasters, PhD, coauthor and principal investigator of the Cincinnati Childhood Allergy and Air Pollution Study (CCAAPS). “Environmental tobacco smoke puts harmful particulates in the air that—when inhaled regularly at such an early age—could lead to serious allergic conditions like asthma.”

CCAAPS, funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, is a five-year study examining the effects of environmental particulates on childhood respiratory health and allergy development.

About 43 percent of children, says Dr. LeMasters, are exposed to home environmental tobacco smoke. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 21 percent of all American adults smoke cigarettes. Of them, 12 percent report smoking 25 or more cigarettes daily.

While household mold, long thought to be a major cause, did not contribute to allergic rhinitis development, Biagini says, it did increase the infant’s risk for ear infections.

Infants exposed to a mold patch about the size of a shoebox were five times more likely to contract ear infections requiring antibiotics than those living in mold-free homes, she explains.

The UC study also suggests that infants with older siblings are less likely to have allergic rhinitis.

“Research has shown that exposure to certain infections early in life may decrease your risk for allergic diseases,” explains James Lockey, MD, professor of environmental health and pulmonary medicine. “We found a ‘sibling protective effect’ for allergic rhinitis—this may mean the more siblings infants have, the more infections they are exposed to. As a result, the infant’s body may be better equipped to fight off allergic diseases later in life.”

Collaborators in the study were David Bernstein, MD, Gurjit Khurana Hershey, MD, PhD, Patrick Ryan, Linda Levin, PhD, Tiina Reponen, PhD, Jeff Burkle and Manuel Villareal, MD.

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, more than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies, many of which are can be triggered by airborne environmental pollutants.

University of Cincinnati

Yup, you guessed it. My father smoked when I was a kid and stopped when I was ten after his brother died of cancer. Only problem with this theory is that my brother doesn’t have allergies.

May 27, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for May 26, 2006

And after fifteen years of Allergic Rhinitis, Doctor Google may have found the answer when no other doctor could. A chemical called Benzyl Butyl Phthalate. Very interesting reading but I really don’t eat a lot of microwaved food in plastic but something to think about for sure.

Plastic Chemicals Linked to Asthma, Allergies

Oct. 6, 2004 — Certain chemicals commonly added to plastics are associated with asthma, allergic rhinitis (hay fever), and eczema, according to a new study.

The findings come from researchers including Carl-Gustaf Bornehag of the Swedish National Testing and Research Institute in Boras, Sweden. The report appears in the October issue of the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.

Bornehag and colleagues compared 200 Swedish children who had persistent allergy or asthma symptoms with a similar number of kids without such symptoms.

Doctors screened the children for common allergens (substances that can trigger an allergic reaction or asthma symptoms) such as certain tree pollens, cat dander, dust mites, and mold.

Affected children had at least two incidents of eczema (an allergy-related skin condition), wheezing related to asthma, or hay fever symptoms (runny nose without a cold) in the past year. At the study’s end, they had at least two of three possible symptoms.

Researchers took dust samples from the moulding and shelves in the children’s bedrooms.

Samples containing higher concentrations of chemicals called phthalates were associated with symptoms of asthma, hay fever, and eczema.

PVC flooring in the children’s bedrooms was also associated with symptoms.

Phthalate Primer

Phthalates are commonly added to plastics as softeners and solvents. They’re used in a wide variety of products including nail polish and other cosmetics, dyes, PVC vinyl tile, carpet tiles, artificial leather, and certain adhesives.

By leaching out of products, phthalates have become “global pollutants,” say the researchers. More than 3.5 million metric tons of phthalates are produced annually.

Phthalates aren’t new, but they have become more common in recent decades. Towards the end of World War II, only “very low levels” of phthalates were produced.

In fact, phthalates are now so widespread that they are hard to avoid.

Asthma and allergies have also increased in the developed world during the last 30 years, prompting some experts to wonder if environmental changes are responsible, since genetic shifts might not be seen as quickly.

This study concentrated on three common phthalates: BBzP, DEHP, and di-n-butyl phthalate.

BBzP was associated with rhinitis and eczema and DEHP was linked to asthma; di-n-butyl phthalate was not associated with any symptoms.

The dust samples didn’t have outlandish concentrations of the phthalates. Levels fell within the range of what is normally found in indoor environments, say the researchers.

“Given the phthalate exposures of children worldwide, the results from this study of Swedish children have global implications,” they conclude.

So with the new information, I went back to the site with the effects of microwaved water to find out if the water was microwaved using plastic…and it was!

We have seen a number of comments on this, such as what was the water in the microwave boiled in. The thinking is that maybe some leaching took place if it was in plastic. It was boiled in a plastic cup, so this could be a possibility.

May 26, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for May 26, 2006

My wife mentioned something interesting tonight. We were talking about the microwaved food and she mentioned that I could have the allergy to the food cooked in plastic containers. What if I cooked things using ceramic or glass?Would that will make a difference?

Something to think about…

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Entry for May 23, 2006

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For the past few days my eyes have been incredibly itchy. I’m rubbing them constantly and although this is probably not helping the situation it’s only started recently so I suspect it’s my level of B2. I have been taking 100 mg for a week and now and my lips do seem to be improved.

When I first read about a B2 deficiency, it suggested a dosage based on my weight. I made the calculation to about 50 mg per day. The B2 suppliment that I purchased only came in 100 mg. Maybe I’m taking too much B2? Tomorrow, I’ll stop taking it as a single suppliment and see what happens. I’ve been doing a bit of research lately on vitamin deficiencies and I’ve also read that a deficiency in B6 can also cause cracked lips. Maybe I need that too!

Today I had a runny nose so I decide to start the microwave embargo again. This past weekend was the first official time I had microwaved food since I lifted the ban. I’ll try it again and see what happens. This time, there is no acupuncture and no chinese herb effecting the results.

My allergies never seem to fit into the classic symptoms of allergies. I never get a headache and it’s not effected by weather or the seasons like most people. I have nasal congestion all of the time and the occasional runny nose. It gets worse when I’m extremely tired but for the most part, it doesn’t get any worse or any better. I’ve tried numerous nasal sprays, pills and procedures and nothing really works to my satisfaction. I will say that acupuncture has had the greatest effect but I think it’s something environmental that I’m exposed to every single day.

My allergies started around 1991 and I should follow up with my Orangeville doctor to find out the date when I first complained about it. My parents bought their first microwave oven when they moved into a new house on June 20th 1991. Coincidence?

The microwave embargo is on…

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Entry for May 18, 2006

The other day I was in the lunch room and someone asked me about taking acupuncture for allergies. I mentioned how in addition to the acupuncture, I was taking a chinese herb that really seemed to help. Another co-worker added that he had also tried acupuncture for his allergies and the more we talked, I found him to be very knowledgeable about general health issues. At the end of our brief discussion, he mentions that he has something that he wrote and would like me to read it. Sure! Send it to me.

Below is the text:

Allergies and Insomnia: Gastro-intestinal Complications

As a teenager, it never dawned on me that Mother Nature had bestowed upon me a carbon-oxygen engine that came with a 30-year warranty. Consequently, I ate, drank, played and slept irregular hours, without regard to the potential deterioration of that prized commodity we all need in this material world: the body.

Had I known what I know now, I would have been prudent enough to at least award this vehicle I call “my body” a proper preventive maintenance program. Had that been done, this article probably would never have been.

This dissertation has a three-fold purpose: First, to alert its readers on the importance of adopting a good preventive maintenance program for your body at an early age in the same way that you would do for a new car purchase, and secondly, to provide my personal “basics of nutrition” acquired purely through first-hand experience, and, thirdly, a rather selfish purpose: to locate amongst the readers some of you who may have been through this road, and may be able to provide me with some basic tips on what could assist me in combatting the health problems I am now encountering, now that I find myself at the threshold of middle-age.

Hell Breaks Loose
Up to mid-June 1995, I had been an athletic, healthy male who had never had any major health issues.

Although I have never in my life abused my body through the use of medical or “recreational” drugs, I have done my share of social drinking and exhausting my body through occasional sleepless nights during my university years when my financial situation required that I also maintain part-time employment.

So one day, in mid-June 1995, already in my mid-twenties, I began my roller-coaster ride when I was introduced to seasonal allergies and insomnia.

I vaguely recall that at the time I was employed full-time, doing rotational shifts that at times required overnight work. On top of that, I was completing a study program that consumed thirty weekly hours of my time. Occasionally I also attended the odd martial arts evening lesson, and even managed to fit it in the odd soccer skirmish with my acquaintances. Sounds like too much mileage for a vehicle approaching the end of its warranty? Well, it was.

Only years later, after suffering through sleepless nights, constant sneezing, blocked sinuses, short-breath, itchy palate, red-eyes and blotchy skin, it slowly began to dawn upon me that my immune system had deteriorated.

Flawed Medical System
When my woes began, I figured: “No problem. I’ll go see my family doctor, and I’ll be back in shape in no time”.

The doctor asked the usual questions, and given that I had no prior issue with seasonal allergies, he recommended anti-biotics. Anyone wants to know how effective these were to combat my seasonal allergies? Has anyone heard of combatting a disease through trial and error?

Two months later I decided to get a second opinion from a different doctor. I was fortunate to meet a physician with sufficient humility who was kind enough to answer my questions with candor: she pointed out that the medical field knows very little about the cause and prevention of seasonal allergies. Although they can diagnose allergies fairly accurately, they can only treat the manifestations with temporary relief, but there is no known method of getting rid of them once they attack the system. Cheerful note! I recall leaving the doctor’s office dragging my feet, with my shoulders drooped, and with a sour and itchy taste in my mouth.

Confronting my nemesis
I have always been of the opinion that everything has an answer and a proper explanation. Although the answer or explanation may not be available at our finger tips, the answer nevertheless exists. For instance, as an analogy, picture a South American native in the heart of the Amazon jungle who has never seen civilized society. He sees a commercial airliner fly over him. Although he may never in his lifetime understand this phenomenon, assuming of course that our current civilization will never make contact with him, the fact remains that there is a scientific explanation to the commercial airliner flying over his head. Theoretically, if he did his research, and if he did it right, he would be able to understand this mystery. The same concept applies to many current mysteries in the health field: cancer, leukemia, allergies and the never-ending list of incurable illnesses. So began my quest to find a solution to my woes.

Conventional medicine
I have never advocated drugs. In my life I have never taken an advil pill. When I first sought treatment at my local pharmacist, they flooded me with the suggestions that ranged from anti-histamines to mild drugs with “minimal” adverse effects, the worst of which prohibited me from driving due to the drowsiness that would be brought about.

So I ruled out Claritin, Allegra, and the wide range of conventional allergy treatments found at the local pharmacy. Back to the drawing boards: my doctor recommended I see a specialist.

After a diagnosis which included being pricked with a needle imbued with different allergic substances, I got even more disappointing news: I was allergic to almost anything in the book – cats, dogs, dust, molds, mites, grass, trees, pollen, chemicals, unnamed fruits and vegetables.

“Solution?”, I asked from this “allergist”. “Well”, he added, “we can certainly prepare you a cocktail tailored-made to address your condition. You will get weekly shots, and in 4-6 months you will see some results. With some luck, your allergic reactions will be reduced to a large extent. Additionally, you must adhere to a very strict diet”.

For the sake of restoring my health I followed the advice of this allergist to the letter, but guess what? At the end of six months I was no better off than when I had started, so I cannot say anything positive for allergy shots to address an allergic condition.

Back to the drawing boards. I re-visited my long-time family doctor, who empathized with my condition and suggested I try a more unconventional approach by treating the root-cause of the problem. Although no one knew the root-cause of the problem, it was commonly accepted that a proper functioning immune system would not over-react at the presence of these substances that were presently causing a reaction that was completely uncalled-for.

“What have I got to lose?”, I said. Nothing. “What have I got to gain?”: My health! Is it worth taking the risk? Of course!!

On the path to recovery
At the end of three years of suffering with seasonal allergies, and what I erroneously perceived to be allergy-caused insomnia, I was to finally discover the solution to what would be an improvement in my condition.

While vacationing in Mexico, I decided to get a medical opinion that was not OHIP-oriented, given that frankly, OHIP had done little in helping to effectively combat my condition.

The Mexican physician concurred with my family doctor: the solution to a permanent erasure of seasonal allergies lies with a normalization of the immune system. To accomplish this, the doctor recommended a vitamin and mineral regimen complemented with a specialized diet that would have to be strictly adhered to for at least six months, perhaps even longer. He stressed that considering I had subjected my body to almost three decades of neglected care, six months or even a year was not an unreasonable expectation. He had a point. And he was right.

The program
The path to normalizing the immune system was simple but effective: a daily intake of organic vitamins, minerals and supplements, coupled with a healthy diet that excluded foods that are really toxic to the system such as alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, highly processed foods that are laden with chemicals (pesticides, preservatives, artificial coloring, flavors, etc.).

For the benefit of the readers, I attach the exact details of the program here:

After breakfast vitamins:
• 2 B Complex tablets

• E (800 iu)

• A & D (10,000 iu A, 400 of D)

A blended protein drink consisting of:
• ½ a glass of soy milk

• 2 fresh strawberries

• ½ a glass of fresh cranberry juice

• 1 banana

• ½ a teaspoon of sugar

• 2 table spoon of lecithin

• 3 egg whites

“Other-time” vitamins:
• 2000 mg of vitamin C

• 400 mg of B1

• Chelated multi-minerals (1 after lunch, 2 after dinner)

Additionally, it was recommended I delete alcohol, coffee and smoking from my diet. A high intake of fresh fruits and vegetables, not overcooked was recommended.

Within months of being on this regimen I began to see improvements. However, I could not say that I had been cured. My doctors assured me that in due time I would experience complete recovery. Despite that, two years later, I still was troubled by seasonal allergies to a lesser extent, and to my sour bitterness, I had not experienced an improvement in my sleep, although I was not experiencing the same discomforts as a result of the seasonal allergies. I went to a sleep clinic where I was told that although there were some mild respiratory disturbances in my body, I could not be clinically diagnosed with what was known as “sleep apnea”, another ailment for which there was no known cure, and for which there was no known cause. However, although it could not be discounted that I was suffering from sleep apnea, it could be safely concluded that there was an additional problem compounding the seasonal allergies.

A new program
Convinced that the solution to my troubles would not be found within conventional medicine, I began exploring alternative medicine.

A homeopathic clinic suggested I speed up normalization of my immune system by taking a catalyst commonly known as “cat’s claw”, a root originating in South America. I added that to my cart.

A friend of mine assured me that the most effective medicine he had found was an expensive, aloe-vera based product known as Molocure. I added that to my cart.

Another acquaintance of mine suggested a non-drug based treatment used in Scientology circles. He suggested that Scientology had a program to detoxify the body from toxic substances which had accumulated slowly through the years. This program is known as The Purification Rundown. I added that to my cart. Additionally, it was suggested I receive what was known as the The Asthma/Allergy Rundown. I added that to my cart.

Today, eight years later, I must share with some satisfaction that although none of the above completely rid me of my physical troubles, considerable improvement was made to such an extent that I can truthfully state that my allergies have been reduced by at least eighty percent. Although I cannot rule out the effectiveness of cat’s claw and molo-cure, I attribute this primarily to the vitamin and mineral regimen, and to the Scientology-based treatments.

There is one treatment I have excluded deliberately from the list above as I wish to give it special focus: Health Kinesiology, an allergy-elimination treatment founded by Dr. Jimmy Scott.

Health Kinesiology
One day, while skimming through books at a used book-store in downtown Toronto, I saw a brochure on the wall promoting an allergy-elimination treatment administered by naturotherapist, Marie Herrell, a student of Dr. Jimmy Scott.

Given the wide exposure I had had to allergy treatments, I must confess that it is with some skepticism that I approached Marie Herrell’s office.

I have never believed that tapping the body will bring about recovery from one’s allergies. I could not possibly see the connection, but upon receiving one session from Marie Herrell, I noticed considerable improvement in my sleep – although what she intended to address was my allergy problem. Subsequent sessions from Marie Herrell spurred my interest to meet the founder and get a few health tips for my condition.

Gradually I acquired some education and gained a better understanding of Dr. Jimmy Scott’s health breakthroughs.

Understanding my condition
The following is my own interpretation of Dr. Jimmy Scott’s findings. I do not profess to be a medical expert, and therefore, the following paragraphs should not be construed as medical advice, but are given here purely as my own conclusions based on health visits to Dr. Jimmy Scott.

The human body has a sensitivity and an intolerance to certain types of food. This varies from person to person. In other words, what may be harmful to one person, may be harmless to another. In my case, Dr. Jimmy Scott concluded that I needed to delete corn from my diet. Additionally, he concluded that I had to reduce my intake of starch. This actually coincided with some advice I had obtained from my family doctor years earlier; advice which had not been sufficiently stressed and therefore I had overlooked. My family doctor had commented casually that, according to a certain author, there was a proper diet for every blood type. Ancestrally, she added, “O positives” align with the diet of primitive man. Therefore, I should stick to fruits, vegetables and meat. I should definitely try to avoid farming products, especially grain products which were the proper diet of a different blood type altogether. Given the far-fetched explanation underlying this theory, I did not pay much attention to her advice and continued my starch-laden diet.

Starch is bad for me
A couple of years later I was to discover more supporting evidence that would further reveal that a starch-based diet is pure poison for my system.

Several months ago, a close friend of mine suggested I try acupuncture as a form of alternative medicine to address my ailments. Many years ago I had had a few acupuncture sessions without any noticeable improvements. However, this acquaintance was a reliable source, and she swore that this acupuncturist had successfully treated insomnia and allergies with her alternative approach.

By this time, I had a better inkling of Dr. Jimmy Scott’s revolutionary discoveries which encompassed the meridian energy system, a component of medicine that had been pioneered by the Chinese for the past two-thousand years.

So I visited Professor Chen, an experienced and elderly lady with many years of experience in her field. Although I cannot attribute an overnight recovery to my insomnia as a result of Professor Chen’s acupuncture, I credit her advice on my diet to improve my sleeping condition tremendously.

Professor Chen did a diagnosis of my condition by tapping certain areas of my body, looking at my tongue, cranial skin coloring, and God knows what other silent observations!

Professor Chen’s conclusions
From her non-invasive observations, Professor Chen concluded that I had a myriad of internal organ problems: weak kidney and spleen, lung complications possibly compounded or affected by a weak and malfunctioning digestive system.

Again, this coincided with a conclusion made by Dr. Jimmy Scott: my insomnia stemmed not from allergic reactions but from internal organ infection! Wow! Now I felt I was getting somewhere.

Professor Chen’s recommendation? I needed to delete carbohydrates from my diet and move towards a more fruit-and-vegetable-based diet. She added that I should also reduce my intake of rice, a carbohydrate high in cholesterol. She stressed that unless I changed my lifestyle to one filled with lots of physical activity, I should stay off carbohydrates as much as possible. Additionally, given the sensitive and weak nature of my digestive system, Professor Chen suggested I eat a frugal dinner, and she advised that I never go to bed after midnight. She stressed that a weak liver and digestive system needs plenty of rest and light work, therefore, I should not over-eat, and dinner, at the latest should be around 8 p.m. Bedtime: midnight at the latest.

Within days of following professor Chen’s advice I began to sleep better. In order to speed up my recovery, she prescribed a wide array of Chinese supplements, names of which I will not try to spell or pronounce until my Chinese improves!

Shiatsu therapy
While undergoing acupuncture treatment, someone suggested I speed up my recovery by receiving shiatsu massage, another oriental treatment that incorporates the Chinese meridian system, yet relies on finger acu-pressure as opposed to the traditional needles used in acupuncture.

While I cannot state that there have been noticeable improvement from the two shiatsu sessions I have received, I must share that I am very impressed with the practitioner’s conclusions on my condition by simply tapping certain areas of my body. Based on these observations the shiatsu practitioner concluded that a weak intestinal tract accounted for constipation problems; something I was combatting with Metamucil but which I had not shared with any of my practitioners. Additionally, the shiatsu doctor conducted an assessment to determine what foods were recommendable for my system. The conclusions were essentially the same, with some surprising exceptions: no carbohydrates, with minimum intake of rice, however, omission of certain fruits which, for my particular case, included oranges, bananas and tomatoes. In the meat department, I was to abstain from pork and, again, surprisingly, shrimps and most type of fish – something that had been overlooked in the past, as most OHIP doctors had recommended sea food as uniformly healthy for everyone.

Leah Findlay: a self-made health professional
Several months after meeting Dr. Jimmy Scott, I met online Leah Findlay, a self-made health professional, who had been harassed by health problems in her youth, leading her to a voyage of self-healing which turned her into a very effective health practitioner, to which I can vouch.

Although I have never met Leah in person, the telephone interview that she conducted inquired on the look of my skin, my iris, my tongue, and a myriad of questions about general health which demonstrated that Leah was well-versed in many disciplines of the health field. Indeed, as I was to discover later, Leah is a very eclectic health professional knowledgeable in iridology, nutrition, reflexology and Chinese medicine.

Her findings pretty much aligned with all the previous non-OHIP health professionals (God bless them!), with the additional details that I HAD WORMS IN MY BOWELS! Wow, was this ever a blow to my ego! Leah pointed out that according to her observations, I was quite malnourished despite my attention to my diet and the expensive vitamin/mineral regimen I was on. She stated that given the presence of these parasites in my bowel, it was very likely that all nutrients were being absorved by these organisms, and the surplus was likely being poorly absorbed by a weak digestive system that was far from an optimum condition.

Her plan of action was quite simple: before I should even think of nourishing myself I needed to do a thorough cleanup which included not just ridding myself of the parasites, but I also needed to eliminate other toxic wastes that were likely stored in the bowels. Once the cleansing was complete, the next step would be to rebuild the poorly functioning organs that were in too bad shape to start absorbing nutrients. The third and final step would be the long-haul which would include a vitamin/mineral, enzymes and other supplements to rebuild the system completely.

I cannot say how accurate Leah was. Within three months of being on her cleansing program I expelled daily rice-like micro-organisms, and the most spectacular of all was a 3-inch worm that frightened even my OHIP doctor when he took a good look at it!

Once the cleansing was complete, Leah made me replace the Metamucil with a psyllium-based herbal mixture that I have not been able to find in any local health-food store. At this time she also included acidophilus in order to re-balance the stomach flora, and the rest is history.

If any of the readers wish to take a chance and try Leah’s magic, she can be reached at 1(877)868-8883.

Conclusions
To my disappointment, I have made some conclusions of Western medicine which I am sure are not news to many experts in the health industry. The medical industry, unfortunately, is not geared towards effectively combatting the root cause of disease. The primary focus of Western medicine is not the prevention of disease nor the treatment of the root cause of the problem to bring about long-term health. The primary focus of the medical industry is to alleviate – not eradicate – the symptoms of the problem. This modus operandi aligns closely with its primary motivation: Profit.

Bluntly stated, the medical establishment overtly and covertly suppresses time-honored effective traditional treatments that are unconventional for the simple reason that it would be uneconomical to their monopoly. The fact that our health care system will cover assistance to deal with the symptoms of deteriorated health conditions but will not cover a preventive maintenance program is an indication that there is more emphasis in treating the condition rather than preventing it. And as common sense will tell, it is preferable to deal with the factors that will prevent an unwanted condition rather than having to deal with the consequences of the unwanted condition.

Ideally, insurance coverage and OHIP –based treatments should include an annual package to cover vitamins, minerals, supplements, routine and periodic preventive maintenance programs to keep the body operating at its maximum potential, to combat disease BEFORE it manifests itself.

Of course, the medical industry will say that would be utopia. What would become of the multi-billion drug industry that currently helps patients live with their day-to-day conditions? What about the lucrative psychiatric drug industry that possibly relies on physical ailments to destroy the morale and mental stability of human beings?

These words have not been written to ramble ad infinitum on the frailties of our medical system, but rather to share some information that may be of some use to those experiencing a similar condition. To them, my empathy and my sincere desire that they find a solution to their plight. My help is yours, your help is accepted.

Humbly,

Alfonso Carcamo

What an incredible story. Somewhat similar journey to mine and reaching the same conclusions.

May 19, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , | Leave a comment

Entry for May 10, 2006

Day three of my microwave embargo and although my nose is a lot less plugged than usual, I’m not sure what had the greatest effect? The embargo, acupuncture or the new herb? I’ve decided to tackle my allergies with Doctor Google. Here is the history:

  • Allergies started around 1990/1991.
  • Allergies are the same all year round.
  • Tried numerous sprays and treatments with no effect.
  • Took allergy shots for two years with mild success.
  • Cigarettes and carbonated drinks have the greatest effect on the “stuffiness” but no one has ever been able to tell me why.
  • Took supplement called “Sinna” by A. Vogel with mild success.
  • Acupuncture has had the greatest, quickest effect.

So here’s what I find:

What is a Sinus Infection? Sinus infections (also known as sinusitis) usually follow a viral infection. Adults and children alike usually experience at least two or three viral infections a year. Often viral colds or upper respiratory infections are followed by a common cold and will usually clear up on their own. After a week of having cold symptoms a viral infection can turn into a bacterial infection. When the mucus from your nasal discharge changes from clear to yellow or green , it usually indicates a bacterial infection has developed.

What does a Sinus Infection do to your nose? Sinus infections cause swelling of the lining of the sinuses and thickening of the mucus. The swelling of the sinus tissue and thickening of the mucous causes congestion. The infection slows down the normal sinus drainage.

  • Chronic (continuous infections)
  • Congestion/nosebleeds
  • Mild to moderate headaches
  • Chronic sore throat and cough
  • Chronic post nasal drip
  • Bad breath/taste
  • Constant fatigue/discomfort

A bacterial infection? No one has ever mentioned this to me before. Although I appear to have Chronic Sinusitis, I don’t have nosebleeds or headaches. The mystery to me has always been why cigarette smoke and carbonated drinks have the greatest effect because I don’t touch either of them.

Doctor Google looks up the ingredients for cigarette smoke and carbonated drinks and there is a link:

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    • Carbon dioxide (Used in carbonated beverages, fruit, meat, wine)
    • Corn syrup (Used in carbonated beverages, baked goods, jam/jellies.)

The Top-10 MYCO-Toxic Foods By David A. Holland, M.D.

 (Mycotoxin: A toxin produced by a fungus under special conditions of moisture and temperature.)

 Corn

Corn is “universally contaminated” with fumonisin and other fungal toxins such as aflatoxin, zearalenone and ochratoxin (Council for Agricultural Science and Technology. Mycotoxins: Risks in Plant, Animal and Human Systems. Task Force Report No. 139. Ames, IA. Jan 2003). Fumonisin and aflatoxin are known for their cancer-causing effects, while zearalenone and ochratoxin cause estrogenic and kidney-related problems, respectively. Just as corn is universally contaminated with mycotoxins, our food supply seems to be universally contaminated with corn–it’s everywhere! A typical chicken nugget at a fast food restaurant consists of a nugget of corn-fed chicken that is covered by a corn-based batter that is sweetened with corn syrup! 

And then I find this: 

Sinusitis can be caused by both bacteria and fungus. A bacterial infection usually occurs after a cold or virus when the congestion in the nose stops drainage from the sinuses. This fluid buildup in the sinuses breeds bacteria and may cause sinusitis. However, it has recently been proven that sinusitis can also be an immune response to a fungus. In fact, the Mayo Clinic recently published a study which found that over 90% of sinus infections are fungal rather than bacterial. Thus, antibiotics (which are the most commonly prescribed treatment) are completely ineffective (not to mention damaging to the immune system) over 90% of the time.

The Mayo Clinic suggests that Doctors are wrong about sinusitis about 90% of the time? I think I need to do more research…

 

May 10, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , , , | Leave a comment

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