Sunday, March 29, 2009

"natural medicine" or "is he a quack" part 4

Things immediately improve. I loose my mood swings altogether and I've started to finally drop some of the weight I put on in pregnancy. My memory is starting to come back, although it's no where near where it used to be. My hubby and I don't fight all the time anymore and life is slowly getting back to normal.

Things still aren't the same as before, and they probably never will be. I've noticed that when I do revert to my old habits and eat more wheat I feel bloated and without as much energy. Milk makes me mood swing worse. I have no idea why. Both the Eat for your Type diet and Dr. Young say that goats milk is alright. And so I sit anxiously and wait for my overdue goat to have her babies (written on 3/24) and pray that she delivers them safely. I want milk, I want yogurt, I want ice cream, I want cheese...I want dairy!

I'm still seeing Dr. Young since he has an ongoing program. I think he believes that no one is ever fully healed (which I think could be considered correct) Our visits are about once a month now though which is a relief since driving the two hours down and then two back for a half hour appt. was really getting to me. He switched my supplements though recently. Anyone ever heard of superfood? He told me to drink it for breakfast with a V8. Now I'm not a big fan of V8 to begin with but I figured I'd try. His nurse says it tastes like grass, his receptionist says it tastes like hay. I'm officially here to tell you that I'd rather go out and eat hay with my goats than drink superfood! I looked at the ingredients, they are as follows: Spirulina Blue-green algae, Chlorella broken-cell algae, Barley, alfalfa and wheat grasses (and I thought he wanted me to avoid wheat ???) Purple Dulse Seaweed, beet root, spinach leaf, rose hips, oat straw, orange and lemon peels (maybe if there was more of this it would taste better), in a base of non-fermentable Saccharomyces Cervisiae yeast.

How's that for a mouthful? And he wants me to drink this?? For breakfast??
Okay to be honest...I tried it...I gave it a fair shot. The first day I swigged that sucker down as fast as I could without breathing. It tasted awful but it was doable. Second day...I swig that stuff down about halfway and my stomach starts churning. I finish it and sit sick for the next hour. Third day...I take one slug...It's gone....I quit!

So the last Dr. appt. I tell him I'm done with "that junk" because I can't keep it down. His response..."I drink it every morning, but you're doing it wrong. You have to take a gulp and swish it around your mouth for at least ten seconds so that it mixes with your saliva and then swallow it. Then you can swig the rest and not have a problem with it. You do that to let your stomach know what's coming and to prepare it. I've been drinking it for ten years and even if I drink it too fast it feels like a mule has kicked me in the stomach"

Let me get this straight Dr. you not only want me to drink it but you want me to taste it in my mouth for ten seconds first? then chug? How is that going to "prepare" my stomach? Other than making it start churning faster. and another thing...You've been drinking this for that long and you still have a problem drinking it? Gee, you want to go natural medicine...I'd say that's your body telling you that it DOESN'T like it! That was a week ago....I still haven't been brave enough to try it again...any volunteers?? Please...somebody...anybody...just not me....


Jennifer said...

These posts have been interesting. Glad you are feeling better!

Laura said...

To help with the blue green algae, start with less. Or encapsulate it first. The idea behind swishing before swallowing too is the flavors stimulate different enzymes in the saliva glands for digesting. Kind of like Swedish bitters. It is very good to take orally for it stimulates different digestive enzymes then say when we take a capsule. I know sometimes good medicine isn't pleasant but if it causes you that much discomfort I'm not sure if it carries enough benefits! If you are looking for antioxidants, vitamin D and A supplements might be better for you. And supplement with some nourishing herbs like alfalfa and slippery elm bark. Fish oils are excellent for the brain and hormones as are B vitamin complex. The B's are the 'good mood' and brain vitamins.
It's a lot of work finding a balance and what works for one may not work for another.
I hope some of my info is useful! Have a great week!

Lola Nova said...

I don't know if you get it where you live but, there is a Superfood drink put out by a company called Odwalla (it might just be a west coast thing) and I actually like the taste of it. Of course I grew up eating "health food" so maybe I just can swallow some of this stuff easier. If you have a natural foods store anywhere by you, it would be in a refrigerated section and there may be a more local company that puts out something similar. Tastes more like juice.

Hot Belly Mama said...

LOL - I think it would be better if you put it all in capsule form and swigged them down that way. A hundred capsules would be far better than drinking something horrid!

Just found your blog, look forward to reading more!

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