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Udate On My Health

I wanted to give you an update on my recent struggle with Hemolytic Anemia caused by Babesia. For those of you who haven’t read my blog, I had some invader killing my RBC at a rapid rate. My doc was pretty certain it was a reinfection of Babesia, since I’d had another deer tick in June 2008 and it was a few months after that, that I began to feel tired and worn out again. I thought it was because I’d worked so hard this summer.

Here are two photos to compare how I looked. For me this is amazing. I Knew in Photo #1 that I was feeling tired and drawn out, but I didn’t know how badly or why. Photo #2 was taken just last week after aggressively attacking the Hemolytic Anemia with food and supp’s. I am taking Milk Thistle-1200 mg, mega doses of Vit C for inflammation, increased Thyroid/Liver from Dr Ron’s, and adding back in Artemisiae from Hepapro, lots of Cod Liver Oil and a slew of other supp’s including Dr Zhang’s protocol.

I’ve been on the Artemisiae again for 1 month now and feel like night and day. Even though I haven’t had one positive test for Babesia other than a clinical diagnosis, it’s clear to me that when I take Artemisiae and feel this great then there’s no denying I am infected with it. (It’s either that or Malaria from my time in India?) I had one very, very bad attack while on vacation in NC a couple weeks ago. It was a doozy! One of the worst I’ve ever had. My good days out weigh my bad again. I’ve gone from the every other day syndrome to maybe one bad day every couple weeks. I’m working hard again and looking forward to our new addition to Peaceful Acres; a Jersey cow!!! I picked up our 3 laying hens on Friday and have been tending to them this weekend. I worked for a couple hours yesterday fixing the fence and tending my winter garden. I’m praying that this will last through the winter and on. I’ve yet to have one good winter for the past…..well, I don’t know how many years. A very long time.

Photo #1

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September 2008

Photo #2

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November 2008

I suppose I did look kinda jaundice. Ok a lot jaundice and soooo tired. I’ll be having another set of labs done this week and I’m sure that I’ve gotten my liver enzymes and bilirubin down. And that my RBC count is up to normal. It’s just my hunch.

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November 16, 2008 Posted by | Diet, Infections, Supp's | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Pineapple Chutney

Nourishing Traditions Pineapple Chutney

I have an appointment to see my doc today on the eve of my 50th birthday. I hope he has some good b-day news for me on my new labs. Since I got the first report that my labs weren’t looking so hot, I began focusing on what I knew.

I’m severely anemic, my liver enzymes are high and my bilirubin is high. All of this points to Bartonella. I’ll see what he thinks. But since this is what I know, I decided to focus more of my diet on these lab results. It can’t hurt.

As I’ve told you, according to G. S. Whipple a Nobel-prize winner, apricots are as “equal to liver in hemoglobin regeneration.” My apricot butter has been a really great treat on my sourdough toast or in my yogurt. But, I like to spread my nutrient dense foods around. And I enjoy adding as many new lacto-fermented foods as I can.

However, I’m still eating liver. In fact this AM, I juiced some grassfed raw liver in my carrot juice. Dr. Max Gerson is known to have used this remedy to heal cancer patients. I of course would never do this unless I knew the source of my liver and knew it had been frozen for at least 14 days to kill any parasites. At least that’s what is recommended. Funny thing is, I didn’t taste it at all. I’m not sure how much I got, and if my juicer does the best job of getting all the goodness out of it, but I figured, what the heck! I’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain!!!! 😀

According to Sally Fallon, pineapple is high in fiber and contains carotenoids, B-complex vitamins and vitamin C. Professor Francisco Villaroel of Bolivia, claims pineapple to be a powerful remedy for chest ailments, jaundice, arteriosclerosis, anemia and cerebral problems, such as neurasthenia, melancholia, and loss of memory.

It’s also rich in manganese, which is necessary for strong bones and a strong nervous system. The manganese in pineapple is a particularly absorbent source.

To me, it sounded like another good choice for what ales me. If nothing else, I found another amazingly delish recipe from Nourishing Traditions. I was a bit leary, since cilantro isn’t necessarily my favorite. I thought, oh yum, pineapple salsa! But, it’s not at all like salsa. It’s very very good. Just a hint of salty and sour and just a hint of the sweet pineapple remaining.

Here’s what’s in it: pineapple, cilantro, ginger, lime juice, salt, whey and water. If you don’t have a copy of NT, you really need one. I believe that our food can be our medicine. And if it’s prepared in the proper ways, then it’s more nutrient dense and absorbable to our delicate systems.

October 15, 2008 Posted by | Diet, Infections | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment