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My Gumbo Not Your Gumbo

“Fear is not real. The only place that fear can exist is in our thoughts of the future. It is a product of our imagination, causing us to fear things that do not at present and may not ever exist. That is near insanity. Do not misunderstand me danger is very real but fear is a choice.”  –Will Smith, After Earth

The movie was not so good but this quote to his son really resonated with me the Dali Lamia, Aristotle and Socrates say the same thing but this I refer to all the time for any changes I plan to implement and as my explanation for nay-sayers.   It has helped to change my very perception of information and forced me to acknowledge that virtually every aspect of my life has been conditioned to accept killer for profit rational.   Scary but it is the world we live in so with my change of perception I changed my life, now I am pain free and ready to be me.

The Difference Between Wisdom and Intelligence 

“Intelligence is the ability to learn from your mistakes. Wisdom is the ability to learn from the mistakes of others.”– Anonymous

My journey as a layman has been fascinating and filled with so much information quite an overload so I simplified by focusing on anti-inflammatory herbs, my own bodily reactions, essential oils and food.  My perception needs critical thinking skills and applied knowledge in the Age of the Spin, sounds easy until your immersed in media (all forms) BS.  First and foremost, acceptance with resistance to see the reality of my environment.

I believe I stayed ill for so long due to our societal dependence on pharmaceuticals, toxic pollutants in our food/skin care products/clothing/environment/etc. and the misrepresentation/degradation of global cultural medical achievements for profit. Forgot to mention, my absolute resolve that doing more or less of the same things would create a change, INsAnITy.  None of this worked for me.

Truth in the Age of SpinThe bottom line is that spin is a form of lying. And it’s not the harmless “little white” lying we all do when we’re not being fully forthcoming about how we think someone looks in a new dress or not saying all we actually think about someone’s foolishness in order to maintain some degree of sensitivity and civility. Rather, it’s a deliberate attempt to manage the impressions of others and manipulate them, which makes it one of the most insidious and destructive forms of lying.        –Dr. George Simon, PhD

The Gumbo my bod prepared has Piriformis Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sciatica, Mackerel Degeneration – Eye (Opthamologist stated quite rare in people with high levels of melanin, “How did I get here?”, PAIN, Chronic Dry Lips, Chronic Fatigue, Swelling, Bloating, IBS, Abdominal Distress, Weight Gain, Hormonal Imbalances, Yellowish Sclera, Chemical Imbalances and bouts of Insomnia – I may take a nap from just reading this list, that is incomplete with way more symptoms, too many.  In addition, physical exertion affects me in two ways with immediate unwarranted pain or delayed debilitating pain by up to 5 days.

While I researched each disorder and symptom the only common denominators were nutrient deficiency and dehydration with most of the symptoms being a direct result of my body not being able to perform mechanical functions due to depletion and the vary catalyst for autoimmune disorders.  Processed food is manufactured with vital minerals and nutrients destroyed, manipulated or removed during the process.  In addition, synthetic or natural extracts are reintroduced thereby alternating the genetic and/or biological composition.  Research your Gumbo and make note of the “MOST” common denominator or just look up the ramifications of nutrient deficiency and dehydration.  In addition, pharmaceuticals compound and initiate the sequence of events that are detrimental to your overall health, plus you will get more prescribed for the new side effects for manageability.

Perception By Design:  thoughtbelief, or opinion, often held by many people and based on appearances

The first official, paid television advertisement was broadcast in the United States on July 1, 1941, over New York station WNBT (subsequently WNBC) before a baseball game between the Brooklyn Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies.  The realization of enormous profit margins, the successful propaganda campaigns influencing public opinions during World War 2 and application of documented psychological marketing techniques changed how the US perceived reality.  Now this was some hella Gumbo served to mankind and a personal observation.  The WDCD Live Amsterdam 2017 Report, Topic: ‘NO DOUBT THAT WE NEED DESIGN TO SOLVE MANKIND’S PROBLEMS’ symposium, enlightened me on the changes happening by individuals/companies with the collective goal of addressing our consumerism.

To stop the INsAnITy I looked outside of this culture and concentrated on Traditional African (an alternative medicine discipline involving indigenous herbal-ism and African spirituality, typically involving diviners, midwives, and herbalists), Traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine because they are some of the healthiest and oldest (3,000 – 5,000 years) with a focus on the natural remedy and alternate (less stressful more family oriented) lifestyles.  I hate to call them alternative as they are 3,000-5,000 years of applied science that Americans were unfamiliar that work better than our pharmaceutical compounds engineered for profit and creation of physical distress.

My pain is in remission but if I go back to my old ways it comes back out to wreak havoc with a vengeance so I embrace my decision to improve my overall health that has also cleared my skin, stopped my sensitivities, brightened my eyes, stabilized my blood sugar level, lowered my blood pressure because my body is not in constant war mode, cleared my thinking and eliminated my fibrofog, increased my energy ten-fold – I now wake up refreshed & mobile.  The benefits almost make me want to cry from the sheer joy of having my health/life back and I no longer take for granted that in a non-pristine world all nutrients are equal.

CRITICAL THINKING IS a desire to seek, patience to doubt, fondness to meditate, slowness to assert, readiness to consider, carefulness to dispose and set in order; and hatred for every kind of imposture.” – Francis Bacon (1605)

This meant a reduction to elimination of processed foods with a new way of shopping/preparing food with anti-inflammatory properties.  Raw food (lightly steamed or stir fried) freeze excess before it can go bad, meat thick as my hand size of my palm (I cut and store this way for easy meal prep), chicken as it comes, frozen fruits/vegs on hand in case of emergency, whole lemons/limes cut in halves or quarters frozen and dropped in smoothies/sun teas/water, purchase foods from local organic farmers, Apple Cider Vinegar with Mother (miracle but it’s a jaw clencher), real butter (moderation is key), Thrive website for sweet alternative recipes.  Cooking is not my friend so I have 15-20 minute one pot to plate recipes, I can cook 1 cup of rice and use it for up to 3 days.  Avocado oil has a high heat threshold so it is the one used most often couple tablespoons to sauté garlic, onions, vegetables.   Unfortunately, due to allergies I just cannot eat shellfish or bottom feeding fish this leaves me with salmon/perch/whiting/tuna there are others but I am good.  A good pot of 15 bean or navy beans but I must learn how to make edible biscuits instead of hockey pucks, ongoing.  Various herbal teas with anti-inflammatory properties.  Still trying to wrap my taste buds around seaweed soup.

Right now, my focus is on developing the habit of stocking my home with nutritionally dense food and snacks as a staple to avoid “confusion”, lol.  The recipes will be tweaked to keep my taste buds happy by adding Mediterranean spices and changing the sauces for variety but they will still be simple, my one prerequisite.  In it for the flavor not culinary training besides fresh veggies with meat and rice/noodles always looks good.

Next time, I will share how I picked the natural supplements best for my Gumbo that changed my world.

REFERENCES:

6 Traditional Chinese Medicine Techniques Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) encompasses several methods designed to help patients achieve and maintain health.

Shen Nong Chinese Herbal Glossary an in depth, comprehensive database

Minimalist Beauty – Awesome and informative for those looking to go natural,  with style and grace while minimizing their footprint.  Essential and Herbal Oil posts my go to for clarification.

Ayurvedic Medicine  Univ of Minnesota: Taking Charge of your Health and Well Being.  Founded upon the belief that all areas of life impact health. Great Overview provided me with more insight into what I needed to addressed.

How I Remission-ed MY Fibromyalgia

Auto Immune Disorders be damned.  I am excited to share my success at placing my symptoms of Fibromyalgia and Rheumatoid Arthritis symptoms in remission.  These are essentially autoimmune disorders resulting from nutritional deficiencies and dehydration accompanied by debilitating pain from inflammation; for the sake of my sanity these were the only 3 criteria I addressed and contribute to being pain free, off ALL prescription medications, eliminated my high blood pressure and lost weight (bonus).  Whole Body awareness has saved my life.  Below I have listed reference material for an overview (do your own research) and sites that I used to formulate my overall, Get Well this is Hell, protocol.  The overall process has been over 3 years of extensive research, life style changes with active experimentation that I am condensing for your reading pleasure.  Presently, my focus centers around endurance, building strength, unlocking my hips and reentering the world after over 20 years of couching it.  Good Times.

Inflammation was the sinister bugger I completely focused on because without it there is no pain this lead me to the inclusion of broad spectrum natural supplements with anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-bacterial properties and support those things in my body not yet screaming at me such as my liver, gallbladder, eyes, etc…

Unfortunately, due to the very nature of these illnesses I cannot claim a cure but if the symptoms are gone than the disorder is silenced, my opinion.  In addition, I am not a medical professional and consulted with mine regularly and you do the same. There are mobile apps you can download to monitor your blood pressure I recorded mine am/pm copied the results to OneNote with notes on irregularities which I discussed with my physician because Fibro Fog is Real.  Note: These remarks represent my actual experiences and are not judgment:  Western medicine was unable to help me using the asymptomatic approach without addressing the cause, the medications were as bad as any disorder I experienced with numerous side effects and the pharmaceutical industry is not my friend.

The natural supplements I currently take:

  • 120,000 mg Serrapeptase am/pm first thing upon waking 1 hour before eating and 120,00 mg before going to bed – this is a therapeutic dosage I started for scar adhesion’s 30 days ago from my 2 C-Sections but it has been awesome in clearing up the residual pain I would experience from everyday living activities that left me feeling as though I were a weekend warrior who was ran over by a delivery truck, every day. Update:  Scar adhesion’s are shrinking, fascia is mobile, muscles are loosening, my energy level is increasing and physical therapy does not cause flares or pain.  My next bottle will be 80,000 mg which I will take am/pm and decrease by 20,000 monthly until I am taking 40,000 am/pm for maintenance.  This will be my staple.

FYI:  Do your research but this supplement has been used overseas for over 25 years by surgeons for patients to reduce scarring and post op complications.  The enzyme essentially dissolves dead tissue breaking it down into a protein that is eliminated by the body.  Everything does not work for everybody but this one has an exceptional track record for performance.  Your therapeutic dosage may need to be higher initially to benefit from the restorative properties.

NOTE:  Must be taken on an empty stomach at least 30 minutes before eating because the benefit comes from it reaching the intestine and activating the digestive process will cause it to start working on that meal you just ate.  I wait 1 hour, just in case.  This means no coffee only 8-10 oz of water it works best with the hydration.

  • Turmeric Capsules – 1x 500 mg Definitely with any nutrient dense smoothie and/or evening meal
  • Boswellia Extract – 1x 500 mg Definitely with any nutrient dense smoothie and/or evening meal
  • Black Seed Oil – 1 TBSP with food, if I do not use any additional oil during the day for skin/hair care I will take 1 TBSP at bedtime.
  • Garcinia Cambogia – as directed to help stabilize my blood sugar levels and of course weight-loss claim (not impressed I’ve seen little weight difference since adding it), however, I no longer have episodes where my blood sugar level drops drastically for unknown reasons – at this time.
  • Green Tea (Brewed) – they have wonderful anti-inflammatory properties I will make a small batch in my 16oz teapot and sip on it all day especially if I feel out of sorts.
  • Mullein – As directed, as needed. Anti-inflammatory and does wonders on respiratory disorders.  I take this when my allergies flare to combat mucus and clear my sinuses.  My mother is an asthmatic whose attacks have been reduced to manageable and not life threatening which had caused her to be hospitalized repeatedly.  She has recommended this supplement to any and everyone she knows with respiratory disorders and they literally hug her in the streets for changing their lives.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar with Mother – 2 TBSP with 8 oz. of water just sometime during the day. NOTE:  It does affect Potassium levels so I use a couple times a week. Clears up everything and I feel it helps my supplements work more efficiently by making my body more alkaline and less acidic.

IMPORTANT:  When I initially started taking the supplements I used therapeutic levels which is primarily 2-3x the recommended allowance for a 30-day period to ensure my bodily deficiencies were addressed before scaling down to a maintenance dosage as directed on bottles.  My belief of addressing the existing inflammation and supplying my body with the necessary nutrients to combat the results of daily living movement and function is Freaking Right on Point.  Because I am anal and a researching nut at heart I have cut back on supplements and within 48 hours something somewhere on my body is hurting so I stick with my plan to avoid a relapse.

Here is what works for me over a 2-year period please use these as guidelines, I do not have a set schedule but rely on my bodies performance to determine what is needed but the basics rarely change …

  1. Primarily a nutrient dense raw food diet with meat as a side
    1. Addressed overall health and started experiencing a reduction in symptoms
    2. 1 Meat portion, per day, no bigger or thicker than the palm of my hand – simple to remember
    3. Vegetables – as much as I want at meal time
    4. My daily evening meal before 6 pm consist of 20-minute start to finish one pot dishes with meat, vegetable, garlic, onion, a brown or Indian rice. Some days fish, some days I fast, some days I make a nutrient dense smoothie sprinkled with flaxseed and chia.
  2. Smoothies or Juicers (Between/For Breakfast & Lunch – thereabouts and sometimes as an evening meal)
  3. Every couple of days with 1” piece of ginger, 2 Tbsp. Honey, ½ Lemon, handful of spinach as my base and will add a nutrient dense fruit (blueberry, raspberry, strawberry, mango, etc.) when I am feeling it. The spinach has virtually no flavor and does not overpower the fruit
  1. Miniscule use of processed foods – I will have a flare up when I eat them so, make no mistake, if I do I really enjoy that puppy but I am still working on their elimination.
  2. Increase of water intake I drink about 1 liter straight and 1 liter variety of green tea, lemon slices, fruit dropped in my glass, 1 TBSP of Apple cider vinegar, etc.… I mix it up depending on what I have a taste for at the time.
  3. Honey – as my sweetener for tea infused with a piece of ginger. I literally use a baby spoon to measure ½ tsp per cup and the cup is a miniature 3oz cup when I prepare my green tea in the 16oz pot
  4. Oils – Avocado/high heat resistance, Olive Oil – salad dressings/cook, Real Butter, Grapeseed Oil – salad dressings/cook, Arrow Root – thickener for sauces. Everything in moderation.
  5. Started eating nuts, whole grains, seaweed soup, quinoa, anything but white rice
  6. My goal is to adopt the Asian culture meal preparation methodology with less emphasis on meat and primarily plant based. I will not give up meat but I don’t need to eat a cow per day either.
  7. Increase my daily activities to include performing strength building exercises with items around me such as a counter for push-ups, couch to stretch, door or walls for planks & squats, arm raises with cans, longer walks with my dog up to 30 minutes and doing exercises on trees, steps, sidewalk curbs, etc.… I have decided that where ever I am is the right time to take care of me, who needs a gym when you have the world available.
  8. Relax and Enjoy the ride.
  9. Stopped using commercial skin care products including shampoo/conditioners and stopped using toothpaste to reduce all the chemicals I unwittingly consume daily through my skin. I had perpetually dry cracked lips with aphthous ulcers that I no longer am subjected to experiencing from my reaction to Sodium Lauryl Sulfate aka: soap.

There you go my basics in a nutshell that changed my life.  The only advise I can give you is go slow and steady but start with the Serrapeptase supplement it has taken me years to understand that everything I knew was my killer for profit and researching natural supplements within different cultures has given me a new perspective and balance with great health.  Here’s to your new beginnings.

References – Please do your own research but these sites will give an excellent overview.  My research included Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic Medicine sites to make my decisions, however, I did not plan on writing about my health so I did not document all my sources but the changes I have experienced are astounding and must be shared or so my Mom’s believes:

Fibromyalgia Overview – Mayo Clinic 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2032518/pdf/amjpathol00448-0172.pdf – Though this study was performed on animals it supported my belief that the cause of my inflammation & symptoms was related to my diet and subsequently, my environment.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3309643/ – Boswellia Serrata, A Potential Anti-inflammatory Agent: An Overview

 https://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/health-benefits-of-serrapeptase/ – Serrapeptase is a superior enzyme with very healthy properties. It is used in clinical settings as an alternative to ibuprofen and other drugs.

Black Seed Oil Uses & Benefits | Wellness Mama – Black seed oil is an ancient remedy with modern uses for cancers, heart health, eczema and skin health, autoimmune disease and more.

https://draxe.com/mullein/ – Mullein: The Medicinal Herb that Fights Infections & Inflammation

http://www.everydayhealth.com/columns/therese-borchard-sanity-break/6-conditions-that-feel-like-depression-but-arent/ – Supported my Whole-Body philosophy about cause-effect-affect basically Eastern (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and Ayurvedic (India) medicine Both of which are phenomenal for optimum health and 5,000 years old of applied science.

 http://www.freysmiles.com/blog/view/why-to-avoid-toothpastes-with-sodium-lauryl-sulfate – a common ingredient in toothpaste and as a surfactant it is basically a type of ‘soap; can increase the incidence of aphthous ulcers