Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Have you heard about this documentary? I watched it last night (well most of it, I fell asleep during the last part) and I was so impressed. I'm going to try to re-watch what I missed tonight. Very inspiring.
This very nice man from Australia goes on a sixty day doctor supervised juice fast. Actually his doctor on this adventure was Joel Fuhrman who I'd heard of before. I'm not sure I'm prepared to do a sixty day juice fast but I feel like maybe a ten day one when I hit my first plateau might not be a bad thing. I'll talk to the doctor and the nutritionist about it. I already know my chiropractor is a huge proponent of both Dr. Fuhrman and juice fasts. Just for the six months or so that I've known him he himself has been on two. (you can tell because he's a little crabby and his hands are ice cold which he says is part of the detox process)
Here is the weirdest part. Joe Cross has chronic idiopathic urticaria (hives). Basically what happens is the body mis-reads something happening to it (rubbing of a seatbelt, pressure from shoes, trouser socks tight on the legs, a handshake or hug) and thinks there is an invader. The body then sends a signal out which bombards the area with histamines. Sometimes it doesn't take any pressure or rubbing at all - it just happens. The histamines form a defense which causes blisters, rashes, flushing, pain, itching, tingling or swelling in varying degrees depending on the person, the environment, the cause or circumstances etc.
Anyway, I have this. I have had it for more than twenty years. I was diagnosed probably ten years ago and I'm fortunate that my case isn't nearly as bad as Joe's is as I can take antihistamines for a few days after I start getting them and they subside. I also use witchhazel to cool the skin, warm showers to ease the itching and try to exfoliate which seems to help although many times it actually causes a flare up temporarily. I do admit they don't come as often when I'm eating healthy but they have never completely gone away. I have them on the back of my hand and on my scalp right now. The back of my hand is random but the back of my scalp is because last night I combed out my hair. Fortunately being a VERY curly hair girl I don't have to do that often (I finger comb in the shower) but occasionally I just need to get it all detangled and last night I conditioned and combed it out. The act of combing it always causes a flare up of hives because of the tugging and the motion of the comb against my scalp. So I took a Zyrtec this morning and I will itch for a day or two then it will be gone.
So I learned last night that this condition is extremely rare and can be considered an auto-immune disorder. I was stymied by this. I just assumed it was quite common because my daughter and I both have it (although there is some disparity in the medical journals as to whether there is a genetic component) and whenever I've told a doctor that I had chronic hives manageable with antihistamines they didn't seem all that interested. Interesting stuff.
So enough about that. I'm going to read some more about juice fasts when I have some time. I know I'm not supposed to weigh every day but I weighed this morning and I was down another two pounds (?!?) So awesome! This is going to help keep me on the path to good health.