Digestion, Candida, Hormonal Imbalance, Thyroid Issues
I found the earth clinic site by accident and have been studying your remedies and posts for the last 3 months or so and greatly appreciate all the advice given, as I am very much into self-help. The problem I have been dealing with for more than 25 years (I am a woman, now 66) is chronic digestive problems and candida including lack of stomach acid (I have been supplementing with HCI since 1990 after taking the Heidelberg test--swallowing a capsule hooked up to a computer, then drinking a baking soda challenge).
Hormone imbalance--I use transdermal progesterone which helps greatly, also 50 mg pregnenolone, and 12 mg DHEA. I don't have a lot of energy due to adrenal imbalance also.
Low endurance levels
Symptoms include great difficulty in the ability to digest fiber, especially any whole grain, no matter how much soaking or cooking is involved, and raw food, e.g. apples or grapes with skin, any kind of berry with seeds, dried fruit without soaking, etc., food intolerance to vitamin C, brain fog. I have tracked down a sensitivity to foods with salycilates, any kind of 'green' superfood, (spirulina, chlorella, wheat or barley grass, etc.) In short, eating is very difficult.
I feel fine as long as I don't eat, but of course I need to stay on the planet! My personal take is that I have had or still have a mineral deficiency, especially iodine (I have tried taking it orally and also foot painting, intermittently after reading your advice)
After eating raw apples or a lot of raw food, I simply have to lie down and immediately go to sleep, although I do not normally take naps. I feel better after I wake up about an hour or so later. So I try to stick to cooked food but feel the need for raw food too.
I handle fish and poultry fairly well, I do not eat meat or dairy foods which I react to badly, and react to sweet vegetables such as potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots...too much carbohydrate. I am ok on most green vegetables, cooked, except cabbage, broccoli, brussel sprouts, celery (too much fiber in celery).
I eat dark chocolate because I am hungry, I do not eat sugar as such, the chocolate does not react although my system does not really like it; I can leave it alone when I can eat rice bread toasted. If I eat it without toasting it, I go to sleep. If I eat too much of it due to hunger, I am in trouble with cravings for more.
I try to eat my last meal as early as possible, or eat just a small snack about 6pm, otherwise I wake up about 1 or 2pm and cannot go back to sleep until about 5 or 6am and feel awful the next day. It took me years to figure that out!
After reading your recommendations I am taking periodically zinc, vit. B complex, magnesium citrate, MSM. Tyrosine seems to help too. I drink lime and baking soda in the am and sometimes pm, also peroxide, 5 drops of 3% 2 or 3 times daily. I am also experimenting with the borax and sodium thiosulphate remedies. I react to apple cider vinegar so don't take it.
I have been taking food enzymes, and other powerful enzymes for years, but they do not appear to have helped me much.
I avoid wheat because I think I have had a lifelong allergy to it without realizing it, and notice that when I do eat the occasional cookie or cake, I want more and more and cannot stop at one or two.
I have a fairly sensitive system and I notice that since using the iodine, my hair seems to have stopped falling out, it is definitely thinner than it used to be years ago, premenstrually.
My belly is always bloated after eating, whatever I eat, and my elimination is slow in my opinion--food seems to take about 36 hours or more to pass through. I eat healthily, apart from the chocolate, can handle olive oil and occasionally coconut oil. If I could provide myself with a smorgasbord every day, I think I would be fine; I need to provide myself with more variety but it is difficult with so many food intolerances to deal with.
I am working on underlying inner child problems and have a very deep spirituality which certainly helps me.
This is rather lengthy and I have no doubt left out some things, but wanted to give you some idea of what I am dealing with. I have had lots of acupuncture and chiropractic treatments over the years without much success. If you have any further suggestions as to how I could help myself, I would really appreciate it, and thank you in advance for the wonderful service you are providing.