opus88 Posted January 22, 2005 Report Share Posted January 22, 2005 OK, gang. As promised, here are some details on what I?ve done nutritionally to give me an almost normal life again.I learned at age 18 that caffeine and I could not share the same body. I ended up in the emergency room in the middle of the night, trembling uncontrollably, heart racing, and very anxious. That was my first bout with ?you just need to relax? and I didn?t appreciate it. I had to learn for myself that caffeine was the culprit, but of course the doctors wouldn?t even think of suggesting or admitting that something I consumed could cause my trouble. Now I use caffeine rarely and only medicinally.A number of years ago, I was lucky enough to see an Amish man who used kinesiology and iridology to guide him to a person?s individual needs. Through him, I began taking hefty doses of GTF Chromium and Vitamin B6. Within 4 days, the incredible heaviness of my limbs had lifted, and after a few months, I only needed to take the chromium in small doses as needed. Within a few months, the B6 got rid of the nearly constant palps, gurgles, skips, etc., that my heart was exhibiting. Both of those were Nature?s Sunshine products ? when I tried to change brands, the symptoms began to return. (Both of those methodologies really do work, but like so many things, the talent & skill of the practitioner can make all the difference.)Someone suggested at one point that I was hypoglycemic, so I started strictly following a no-sugar/no-sweetener diet. After a while (and feeling somewhat better but not better enough), I also cut out fruit and high-carb foods. This helped even more, and I have followed this diet for the past 15 or so years. It?s not the full answer, but certainly a big part of it.Just 3 or 4 years ago, I learned the incredible benefit of magnesium. No form or brand worked for me except the Standard Process brand of magnesium lactate. It was another 4-day turnaround - the panic and anxiety quickly began to disappear, I felt calm and grounded again, my energy level increased, my mental fatigue lifted, my attitude improved tremendously, etc. Magnesium is one of the first things your body depletes when it is stressed - and boy, don't those of us with chronic (and especially unacknowledged) illness know what stress is!I?ve done numerous other things over the past years, but nothing as significant overall as getting involved with the Metabolic Typing Program. At the highest level of testing (something I feel is an absolute must for anyone like us, with far-reaching, numerous symptoms), you perform a battery of tests including blood sugar, blood pressure, temperature, urine and saliva measurements, and a hair sample. These have very specific instructions and timelines.The information is sent to the company, which then analyzes it and comes up with a very large set of recommendations. They consider, for example, your magnesium level, but - more importantly - how it relates to your calcium and potassium and sodium levels, which all must be in balance. It seems incredibly overwhelming at first, but your counselor works with you to adopt the suggestions a little at a time, as you are ready to handle them. S/he also works with you to constantly fine tune your diet and add or stop various whole food supplements that support your system. And there is retesting often, since your body chemistry can change so drastically once you put the proper nutrition into it.I?ve also gone to as much organic food as I can, particularly meat and many veggies. No antibiotics, no hormones, etc. ? just real food that your body knows how to handle. It?s more expensive, but I?d rather put my money there than with doctors and prescriptions!I could go on and on (and certainly will if asked!), but I hope you get my gist on this subject. I?m not better because of doctors and pills, but because I?m giving my body the building blocks it needs to do its job. Whether I?ll ever be totally free of symptoms is somewhat doubtful, but living at my current level of health (after being nearly bedridden) would not have been possible without the nutritional protocols I have been fortunate enough to find and follow. I've been away from it since the hurricane sent our lives into a tailspin, but this weekend I am doing my retesting and should be up and running again by early Feb. I can't wait - I am feeling some very unwelcome effects from my lack of discipline on this.On a previous post, Gena had posted a link to info about the Metabolic Typing book (http://www.metabolictypingdiet.com/index2.html). It?s a GREAT starting point and the book needs to be read and studied, but I don?t believe any of us here could receive enough benefit from the book alone. We are complicated in our needs, and their physical testing is, I feel, absolutely essential in order to make the kind of progress we?re all desperately searching for. You can also check out www.metaboliced.com for more info on the actual program. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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