Chiro Fail

I had the applied kinesiology testing, and she found nothing unusual – no intolerances or deficiencies.  She recommended a bunch of supplements to decrease gut inflammation. Stupidly, I bought them.  A few days of taking them and my tongue was swollen and sore and my mood was poor.  So I quit them.  I’m trying to find the golden nugget in each interaction, though, so I’m looking at this experience as positive – I learned that I definitely have gut inflammation (still don’t know why, but I do), and I’ve learned that I’m pretty much done buying a crap ton of supplements based on someone’s recommendation.  I should have said no, but I wasn’t really asked, and I allowed myself to be pushed into it.  Won’t be doing that again.

So right now I’m just trying to get back to baseline, which isn’t as hard as it used to be.  Since starting the serotonin PN drops my mood problems are a 3 on a scale of 1-10, and they used to be more like an 8.  In fact, I expect today to be a good day.

I don’t have much of a plan right now. Some other updates:

  • I’m back to taking Hydrochlorothiazide again for my blood pressure.  Stopped for a couple of months there, but my BP is not well managed.  So back on.
  • I tried taking Armour thyroid again and it made me feel like shit again.  So done with that again.
  • I had a lipid panel done:
    • Total Cholesterol: 293
    • HDL: 48
    • Triglycerides: 268
    • LDL: 191
    • So still, I’m pretty much gonna die of a heart attack.
  • I’m exploring the idea of using hypnosis or EFT (tapping) to address my high and perpetual hunger.  Currently reading the Idiot’s Guide to Self Hypnosis.

Applied Kinesiology

Today I had an appointment with a chiropractor who does Applied Kinesiology (AK).  Now, I don’t know much about AK…in fact, I know nothing.  But I’ve been asking the universe for guidance and it led me to her door.

Yes, really, this is how I’m making decisions right now. I’m woo-driven. It’s working for me.

So I had this initial consultation – she poked my abdomen (kinda hard, actually) and did lots of evaluating my muscle groups for signs of weakness (at least that’s what I think she was doing).  When she pressed on one part of my abdomen there was a sharp pain.  She said that was the ileocecal valve – the part of the gut that joins the small intestine with the large intestine.  Then she put some different items on my tongue and pressed again.  When she did a particular combination it didn’t hurt anymore.

Given my symptoms (gut inflammation, as determined by belly poking and food intolerance), fatness and inability to lose weight, and maybe other stuff, she said she suspected food intolerances and recommended I do the half-hour food intolerance AK testing.  She wants me to eat grains, dairy – all the stuff people are generally intolerant to – for 3 days, and then will be doing the test next Monday.  I’m not really looking forward to the part about eating all that stuff for 3 days.  I’m afraid my serotonin drops will really be put to the test.

I’ve definitely got one foot solidly in the woo camp now.

 

Quick Updates

Things have stabilized.

  • I eat protein and fat during the day and add carbs at night.  Thanks to Amelia Luker for suggesting that to me way back when.  Blood sugar seems to be stable and weight has stabilized.  Fasting blood sugar this morning: 105.
  • I’m on Day 2 of learning how to meditate using Ziva Meditation.  I learned about Emily Fletcher from Dave Asprey’s podcast.  Her style really resonates with me, more so than anyone else I’ve ever heard talk about meditation.
  • My serotonin drops have resulted in my mood and energy level being consistently good.  This was not without some trial and error though.  I still can’t eat things that raise serotonin in the gut too much if I want to feel good every day.  The rise in serotonin causes an immune system reaction in me that doesn’t feel good.  I no longer get depressed though, which is huge.
  • 2 weeks ago I started taking the hydrocortisone my doc prescribed.  He said it might help with the histamine reactions I have.  I feel good, but I haven’t tested it with a lot of high histamine foods.
  • Next Monday I have an appointment with a local chiropractor who does Applied Kinesiology.  I’m trying to find out why my immune system is jacked up so high that it’s attacking my serotonin.