The Gerson Therapy – a book about getting well.

I started reading “The Gerson Therapy” again. This time in desperation. After a five day long headache something had to change. Too tired to attack a diet change head but with enough energy to ease into it, I began by making the simple Hippocrates soup (certain vegetables cooked and blended together) recommended for daily consumption. I sipped down a cup of that when I got hungry. It is so bland it didn’t really have much flavor to me, but it made my back feel fresh if that makes any sense. I had thrown extra potatoes into the pot so I could eat them if I wanted something more. This along with oatmeal sprinkled with raisins, and some fruit if I wanted something more, was my diet for the first week. I lost about 5 lbs that first 7 days and stopped craving processed food and sweets.

The Gerson Therapy was originally developed by Max Gerson, MD to help him get rid of his migraine headaches. The therapy also proved to be able to reverse cancer and other diseases. The basics of the Gerson Therapy are fairly simple: no added salt, no processed foods, no meat, no dairy, no on most grains, no oils except for raw flaxseed oil, fresh cold pressed fruit and vegetable juices (one cup 13 times a day with one hour between) for vitamins and minerals, regular meals of vegan type, and a coffee enema every 4 waking hours (to eliminate toxins). This along with some supplements make up the Gerson Therapy.

On the second week I started the coffee enemas and the juicing. I am three days into the second week now. The first day of the second week I did the coffee enema once. The second day I did it twice. I diluted the coffee to about 1/3 what they ask for in the directions because the time I tried coffee enemas years ago, I felt very nauseated afterward due to the extreme detox effect. The diluted solution is just right for me.

On the second day of the second week I continued with two coffee enemas and started juicing, but without enough energy to do more, I juiced only twice: one straight celery, and one a mix of three parts carrot and one part apple. I had more energy on that second day than I have had in a long time.

Today is day three of the second week. I plan to continue increasing my efforts until I am on the full protocol, and I will see my lyme specialist to discuss what I am doing.

I took my horses out one at a time to graze in the front lawn this morning, which I have not had the strength or desire to do for over a year. I cleaned the kitchen right after juicing which is unusual for me. And now I am so excited about the prospect of feeling better I have to write about it!

With Lyme disease not yet under control I believe the Gerson Therapy is going to help me detox and gain energy as I continue my journey toward recovery.

Wahls Protocol : Day 15, Rationalization

Yesterday, after days of low energy, I had had enough of feeling tired.  I had my grandkids here, asking to help me . . . no . . . begging to help me so they could earn video game time.  I decided I really just needed to eat some chocolate so I would have enough energy to be able to direct their energy toward productivity.  It was one of those ox in the mire moments.  So I ate my chocolate — the bar I had hidden away to use for medicinal purposes only — and I’m not sorry about it.

Today I called my doctor’s office to get the results of my last blood test to see if my thyroid medicine was doing any good.  I have been trying different ones for almost a year now.

“Well,” they said, “it has been helping, you are closer to normal.”

“But I am not in the normal range yet?” I asked.

“No, but you are getting closer and the doctor said to continue with your medication as prescribed,” the lady in the doctor’s office said.  “In about 6 weeks we can get your blood rechecked.”

“I’ve been taking this dose for three months now,” I pointed out, just in case she didn’t realize it.

“Oh, yes,” she acknowledged after looking at my chart some more, “I see that you have been on this dose for three months already.  Hmmm.  Well, the doctor said you should continue on this dose.”

“Does it accumulate in the body so the longer I take it the more normal my hormones are?” I asked.

“Yeah, I think so.  You’ll have to ask the doctor about that when you come in again,” she hedged.

I said, “Ok, I guess for now I’ll just have to eat chocolate for energy.”

She didn’t seem to know what to say to my smart aleck remark and got off the phone with a quick, “Ok, goodbye.”

In all honesty I have to say I am glad I was able to get so much done today and yesterday.  I couldn’t have done it without my old friend chocolate.  After the work was done and I was relaxing, I felt happy.  I remembered hearing people say that chocolate is an anti depressant.  I have to agree.  Maybe that’s how people who drink coffee feel.  I understand much better now.

So my rationalization, for now, is that eating chocolate when I need the extra energy is ok until I figure something better out.  Melanie has something for me to try: some herbs and seaweed and lots of other good stuff.  I’ll let you know how it goes.  Having children who can teach me is so wonderful!

"The Whals Protocol" by Terry Wahls, M.D. : A Book Review

“The Whals Protocol” by Terry Wahls is a book about eating to eliminate inflammation in the body.  This book is “A radical new way to treat all Chroinic autoimmune conditions using Paleo principles.”– Quote from book cover.

Dr. Wahls was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), and after years of treating her disease the traditional way, and by then wheelchair bound, she began exploring diet as a treatment for her MS.

She was able to go from pain and wheelchair to walking again and having the energy to write grants for clinical trials to prove that diet is a successful treatment protocol for MS.  Of course, she also wrote a book for us cutting edge people who don’t want to wait decades for clinical trials to tell us what we will already know by trying the diet ourselves.

My daughter, Melissa, was diagnosed with MS this past year.  She suffered daily migraines, and was so tired she was on the couch resting most of the time.  She could not go shopping, cook, do housework or church work, paint, work on genealogy, or any of the activities she usually enjoyed.  Sitting up gave her headaches.  Her husband, a medical student, was doing everything for her, her health was so poor.

Then Melissa found “The Whals Protocol”, by Dr. Wahls, and began her own trial of the protocol.  Melissa has been on the Whals protocol for just over a month.  She came to visit me and asked if I wanted to try the diet.

I said, “Yes,” of course.

Melissa has so much bright energy now that she and my niece, Amber, did all the shopping and cooking for the family during the week Melissa was here.  Melissa is bubbly and excited.  Her eyes sparkle with new light and energy.  I am so happy she has found something that works!

As for me, I can say that the diet, or protocol, is also making me feel great.  I have enough energy to get through my day without a nap, and the physical work I am doing with the barn building and caring for my two children and two horses is getting easier as my energy increases.  This diet is somewhat easier than the Medical Medium Diet (which also was wonderful for me) because the Whals Protocol includes cooked food and meat.

I give this book, and protocol, two giant thumbs up!

 

“The Whals Protocol” by Terry Wahls, M.D. : A Book Review

“The Whals Protocol” by Terry Wahls is a book about eating to eliminate inflammation in the body.  This book is “A radical new way to treat all Chroinic autoimmune conditions using Paleo principles.”– Quote from book cover.

Dr. Wahls was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), and after years of treating her disease the traditional way, and by then wheelchair bound, she began exploring diet as a treatment for her MS.

She was able to go from pain and wheelchair to walking again and having the energy to write grants for clinical trials to prove that diet is a successful treatment protocol for MS.  Of course, she also wrote a book for us cutting edge people who don’t want to wait decades for clinical trials to tell us what we will already know by trying the diet ourselves.

My daughter, Melissa, was diagnosed with MS this past year.  She suffered daily migraines, and was so tired she was on the couch resting most of the time.  She could not go shopping, cook, do housework or church work, paint, work on genealogy, or any of the activities she usually enjoyed.  Sitting up gave her headaches.  Her husband, a medical student, was doing everything for her, her health was so poor.

Then Melissa found “The Whals Protocol”, by Dr. Wahls, and began her own trial of the protocol.  Melissa has been on the Whals protocol for just over a month.  She came to visit me and asked if I wanted to try the diet.

I said, “Yes,” of course.

Melissa has so much bright energy now that she and my niece, Amber, did all the shopping and cooking for the family during the week Melissa was here.  Melissa is bubbly and excited.  Her eyes sparkle with new light and energy.  I am so happy she has found something that works!

As for me, I can say that the diet, or protocol, is also making me feel great.  I have enough energy to get through my day without a nap, and the physical work I am doing with the barn building and caring for my two children and two horses is getting easier as my energy increases.  This diet is somewhat easier than the Medical Medium Diet (which also was wonderful for me) because the Whals Protocol includes cooked food and meat.

I give this book, and protocol, two giant thumbs up!

 

Toot, Toot, Toot My Own Horn . . . I'm Right, I'm Right, the Belly IS the Master Brain . . . Dr. Mate Says So!

“The nervous system of the gut contains about one hundred million nerve cells — we have as many in the small intestine alone as there are in our entire spine!  These nerves do more than coordinate the digestion and absorption of food and the elimination of waste — they also form part of our sensory apparatus.  The gut responds to emotional stimuli by muscle contractions, blood flow changes and the secretion of a multitude of biologically active substances.  Such brain-gut integration is essential for survival.  Large volumes of blood, for example, may need to be diverted from the intestines to the heart and to the muscles of the limbs at a moment’s notice.”

“In turn, the gut is abundantly supplied with sensory nerves that carry information to the brain.  Quite to the contrary of what we believed until recently, nerve fibres ascending from the intestines to the brain greatly outnumber ones descending from brain to gut.”

“The brain relays to the gut data from sensory organs such as the eyes, the skin or the ears — or more correctly, relayed to the gut is the interpretation of such data by the brain’s emotional centres.  The resulting physiological events in the gut then reinforce that emotional interpretation.  The signals sent back to the brain give rise to gut feelings that we can apprehend consciously.  If we lose touch with the gut feelings, the world becomes less safe.”—-“When The Body Says No; Understanding The Stress Disease Connection” by Gabor Mate, M.D. — Page 146 paragraphs 3-5

So the head brain and the belly brain are in cahoots!  Saying that out loud makes me also say to myself, “Of course they are, what else could they be!”  It sounds to me like Dr. Mate is saying the head brain is an extension of the belly brain . . . a sensor and interpreter of information for the belly brain . . . information the belly brain uses to make judgments . . . gut feelings . . . intuitions.

Is this what Dr. Mate is saying?  I think so.  What do you think?

Toot, Toot, Toot My Own Horn . . . I’m Right, I’m Right, the Belly IS the Master Brain . . . Dr. Mate Says So!

“The nervous system of the gut contains about one hundred million nerve cells — we have as many in the small intestine alone as there are in our entire spine!  These nerves do more than coordinate the digestion and absorption of food and the elimination of waste — they also form part of our sensory apparatus.  The gut responds to emotional stimuli by muscle contractions, blood flow changes and the secretion of a multitude of biologically active substances.  Such brain-gut integration is essential for survival.  Large volumes of blood, for example, may need to be diverted from the intestines to the heart and to the muscles of the limbs at a moment’s notice.”

“In turn, the gut is abundantly supplied with sensory nerves that carry information to the brain.  Quite to the contrary of what we believed until recently, nerve fibres ascending from the intestines to the brain greatly outnumber ones descending from brain to gut.”

“The brain relays to the gut data from sensory organs such as the eyes, the skin or the ears — or more correctly, relayed to the gut is the interpretation of such data by the brain’s emotional centres.  The resulting physiological events in the gut then reinforce that emotional interpretation.  The signals sent back to the brain give rise to gut feelings that we can apprehend consciously.  If we lose touch with the gut feelings, the world becomes less safe.”—-“When The Body Says No; Understanding The Stress Disease Connection” by Gabor Mate, M.D. — Page 146 paragraphs 3-5

So the head brain and the belly brain are in cahoots!  Saying that out loud makes me also say to myself, “Of course they are, what else could they be!”  It sounds to me like Dr. Mate is saying the head brain is an extension of the belly brain . . . a sensor and interpreter of information for the belly brain . . . information the belly brain uses to make judgments . . . gut feelings . . . intuitions.

Is this what Dr. Mate is saying?  I think so.  What do you think?

"When The Body Says No; Understanding the Stress-Disease Connection" by Gabor Mate, M.D. A Book Review

I am reading, for the second time, “When the Body Says No; Understanding the Stress-Disease Connection”.

The connection between the emotions and the physical body play a more important role than many people realize.  Dr. Mate recognizes and writes about this in very definite ways.

The first time I read this book I was looking to find my own symptoms and understand what is going on with me, and skimmed through most of the text.  Now I am reading for greater understanding of how emotions affect all our body systems.

According to Dr. Mate, many diseases these days are diagnosed through a process of elimination, when the physical cause cannot be determined.  Auto immune diseases, cancer, nerve pain, IBS, and fibromyalgia, to name a few.  The medical professionals are not sure what causes these diseases, but there is a connection to emotions according to Dr. Mate.  Why do some smokers get lung cancer and others don’t.  Emotions and stress play a role.

To seperate the treatment of a physical condition without taking into account the whole picture, including the emotions and levels of stress, is like looking at only a part of the picture.  What is not seen is often an integral piece of the puzzle in understanding the disease, and in prescribing treatment.

Like with me, to take medicine is not enough.  When I continued to live my life with the same stresses I had previously been experiencing, I was only getting worse each year.  To get better, I believe, I have to stop worrying.  In fact, I am not “allowed” to worry or stress any more; my brain scrambles when I do and I can’t think straight.  In order to think clearly, I must focus my attention on relaxing, appreciating each moment, and loving myself.  To do this, I relax into my center and stop living in my head.  I find I am not so concerned with doing, I am more aware of “being”.  In this state of “being” I still have desires, and act on them, but in a more centered and relaxed way . . . I guess I would say in a more Zen like way. Many of my old ideas, what I thought I should be doing, or needed to be doing, have fallen away.

I wonder what would happen if everyone in the world could only function in this way.  Would everything crumble or would we all begin to live better?  I wonder.