The Naughty Binge!
For a week I ate a small portion of rice and black sesame seed porridge in my mornings, kept surgery rice biscuits handy, and enjoyed chocolate with 50% to 80% cocoa. It was too many factors!!The Peak of the Ride in Brimstone
My nine month flare hit its maximum w.r.t. to head, eye and neck pain. Interestingly it wasn't the worst sacrum and hip peak but my feet, knee and hands were effected more than in the past nine months probably due to gradual tissue changes due to chronic inflammation and repair.The TOO Rapid Retreat
I over-reacted and went back to a strict NSD diet with a heavy load of antimicrobials like clove, cinnamon, ginger, etc. It seems that going immediately into an antimicrobial treatment is not wise. It felt like a smail Herxheimer reaction combined with AS activity. Perhaps that is an exaggeration but the antimicrobials gave me gut pain. I should have just went to the NSD diet for at least a week, then perhaps a fast, then to the antimicrobial treatment. I guess that the order of the last two can be swapped. But I speculate that if I combined a fast with herbal antimicrobials then I would have been in agony from the gut pain.The Moral of the Story
The moral of the story is make slow and small changes to avoid painful shock. Same goes for introducing new foods.Could Combining Fasting with Borage Oil be better than Herbal Antimicrobials?
I am a bit concerned with combining antimicrobials while on a fast since the antimicrobials could irritate and inflame the gut too much while it is trying to heal. Perhaps EVOO or borage oil is the best thing to supplement with while on a fast. I know.... I should read the "Important AS Resources
I speculate that herbal antimicrobals interfere with healing and so the "weed and feed" concept needs to constantly be rotated; i.e. Space apart the use antimicrobials and healing compounds like probiotics. But perhaps it is sensible to take borage oil, fish oil and other anti-inflamatories while using herbal antimicrobials.Unfaithful: Forever a Sinner and Repenting
BTW: I cheated two nights ago and had three handfulls of pecans and walnuts followed by a rich ice cream bar (of course all wisely before supper!). I didn't notice a serious change in feeling the next day but sixteen hours after that snack treat my head and neck started burning, however that is common when I am fatigued since I had not slept well the night before. It seems that I can cheat a little one day a week without a major increase in pain (probably depending on the food and current state of rest) but if I have a decent dose of starch every day then I am asking for a build up of pain!Finding a Team of Doctors that have Bigger Guns
Even strict NSD hasn't been enough and I think I have infectious obstacles that herbal antimicrobials can not conquer! They could be: a chronic nasal and sinus infection that has spread (likely). An ancient mould colonization from 30 years ago while living for nine years in a mould contaminated home (possible). A persistent gut infection from NSAID overuse three years ago that wont allow parts of my gut to heal??? I have a plan to get all these ideas tested but doctors do not cooperate and try to direct me to a psychiatrist. A private clinic out of my pocket is best -- I'll probably get them to do anything in their power to keep me as a paying customer (and I have insurance to make them happy). I will be seeing an internal medicine doctor at a private hospital that I hope is open to my ideas and can plan and coordinate other doctors; for that is their job! I must be crazy doing this in Shanghai but my country of birth is even more impossible.Help make a Miracle Happen
Pray to the cosmic singularity for me! Wish you all the same.