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Low Carb BBQ Meatloaf Pizza

what you need:

what you do:

Line cookie sheet or other baking dish with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray. Place tortillas on lined cookie sheet and spread desired amount of BBQ sauce on tortilla. Place a single layer of provolone cheese on top of BBQ sauce. Cut meatloaf into tiny pieces and sprinkle on top of provolone cheese. Now add shredded cheddar cheese, French fried onions, and cilantro.

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Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or until cheese is desired consistency.

Guten Appetit!

Chicory Coffee

I recently started taking chlorine dioxide internally as part of my treatment plan. Chlorine dioxide kills bugs (bacteria, fungi, viruses, parasites), breaks through biofilm, neutralizes heavy metals and more. You can Google it for more information or get Kerri Rivera’s book Healing the Symptoms Known as Autism. The new edition was just released and has an entire protocol you can follow not just for autistic children/adults, but also for other illnesses such as chronic Lyme disease.

That is not the purpose of this post however. With this protocol, you have to stop taking antioxidants because they inactivate CD. In addition, CD is dosed every hour for 8 hours a day, longer on weekends. Coffee has antioxidant properties (one of the reasons it is good for you) so I had to cut back to one cup a day. I now drink my very large cup (ok, it’s more like two) of coffee in the morning, wait two hours, then start dosing CD. I was drinking three cups a day (AM, lunch, dinner) prior to this and had to wean slowly. Weaning from the caffeine wasn’t that bad, but I totally missed having something warm and yummy to drink after lunch and dinner. It was the taste, the ritual, the warmth….all of it. So I started looking for something else. My first try was roasted dandelion tea because someone (probably on Facebook or on a blog) said it tastes just like coffee. I am not sure what kind of coffee those people are drinking, but that tea tastes nothing like the coffee I was drinking. Not only that, but it’s nasty. I mean nasty. I tried drinking it hot, cold, with stevia, blended with coconut oil, blended with coconut oil over ice and I just couldn’t deal with it.

So began my research for a coffee alternative. Of course it had to be gluten free so any kind of Teecino with barley was out. I ended up trying one of Teecino’s barley free concoctions which had chicory in it and that wasn’t bad. However, I did not like the price so I decided to order some roasted chicory root and roasted dandelion root from Mountain Rose Herbs. I realize I just said I hate dandelion root, but I found several recipes online which included dandelion root that actually sounded good.

After a lot of experimentation I finally came up with a recipe that works for me. Unlike other recipes, which call for equal parts of dandelion and chicory, I changed the ratio of the two. Adding more chicory makes for a thicker, more coffee like concoction and I actually like the taste of it. I blend it with coconut oil, just like I do with my coffee, and enjoy it hot or cold and poured over ice. Although this is good and I truly enjoy the taste, it does NOT taste like coffee. It’s “thick” like coffee, but has a completely different taste.

what you need:

5 cups filtered water

1 1/2 tablespoons ground, roasted chicory root

1/2 tablspoon ground, roasted dandelion root

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)

1 inch piece vanilla bean pod (optional)

 

what you do:

Either bring to boil and let it simmer for 5 minutes and strain or make it in a coffee press. Then prepare like you would prepare your coffee.

Guten Appetit!

January 2014 Cleanse – Day 5

Yesterday was not a good day. I had a nasty headache by mid-afternoon and in the evening I just wanted to eat. I held out for a long time but around 7:30 PM I finally gave in…and then regretted it. But today was/is a new day and I went back to fasting.

Symptoms AM:

  • Left eye lid mildly swollen, right eye lid extremely swollen
  • Heart rate walking around kitchen 145, sitting 74
  • Coated tongue
  • Mild anxiety/negativity
  • Slight upper and lower (sacrum) backache
  • No motivation
  • Very bloated belly

Symptoms Throughout Day:

  • Eye lids and face back to normal by mid-afternoon
  • Negativity went away but had mild anxiety on and off throughout the day
  • Heart rate improved because I took Metoprolol as soon as I got up
  • Feeling cold and cold hands and feet (it doesn’t help that it’s 10 degrees outside – fasting in July, when it’s in the 90s and humid, might have been a better idea!)
  • Very hungry
  • Abdomen more distended after broth and rest of day

Detox Support:

  • Chlorine dioxide enema
  • Castor oil mixed with essential oils (clary sage, frankincense, myrrh, peppermint, lavender) applied to abdomen and liver/gallbladder area while taking a bath with Epsom salt
  • Well Belly applied to abdomen after bath, and to bottom of feet at bedtime
  • Castor oil mixed with essential oils (clary sage, frankincense, myrrh, peppermint, lavender) applied to abdomen and liver/gallbladder at bedtime
  • Liposomal Vitamin C

Antimicrobials/Digestive Support:

  • Bee Propolis Extract
  • A blend of peppermint, rosemary, fennel, ginger, grapefruit, and cinnamon essential oils in olive oil
  • Digestive Enzymes

Liquids Consumed:

  • Organic coffee blended with coconut oil
  • Teecino Gluten Free Dark Roast blended with coconut oil
  • Filtered water (we have a whole house water filter for crud and fluoride)
  • Filtered water with electrolytes, micro minerals, and borax
  • Clear vegetable broth (from kale, parsley, cilantro, tomatoes, zucchini)
  • MISO soup (water and Miso Master miso)

January 2014 Cleanse – Day 3

I slept from about 10 PM until 4:40 AM. Tried to go back to sleep but that didn’t happen. Got up and had coffee with coconut oil but decided to switch from a coconut oil cleanse to a broth fast. Of course after making that decision I wanted to drink more coffee right away…with coconut oil. I didn’t but I ended up drinking Teecino in the evening blended with coconut oil. As much as I want to do a strict broth/juice fast, I just don’t think I have it in me this time. Last night was really hard actually and I was tempted to eat all night long.

I felt that adding antimicrobials while fasting wasn’t a good idea, so decided to skip them. My body is probably going through enough die off from fasting alone. But then later added back in my wormwood tincture (1/4 of the recommended dose) which gave me a headache I believe and caused me to feel more withdrawn again.

The heart rate issue is frustrating and one of my persistent symptoms that I haven’t found a solution to – yet. It’s the whole POTS issue. So I got up and my heart rate walking around was around 110 to 112. Sitting it was hovering around 72 to 74. Once my morning dose of hydrocortisone kicked in my heart rate dropped like it usually does. Walking around it was only in the 90s, however, any kind of exertion other than just walking raises it way too much. For example, I went to the garage to get some paper towels. Our garage is 8 steps down from the first floor. By the time I had walked back up to the kitchen from the garage, my heart rate went up to 120. From walking down and back up EIGHT steps. This is the reason I take a beta blocker because without it, I would not be doing much all day. Even raising my arms to brush my hair or get something from a top shelf cabinet raises my heart rate way too much.

Symptoms AM:

  • Left eye lid mildly swollen, right eye lid mores swollen but not as bad as yesterday
  • Heart rate walking around kitchen 110ish, sitting 74
  • Definite coated tongue
  • Fluid retention (detox??) but that is why my heart rate is lower – can’t figure out that connection either
  • Mild anxiety/negativity
  • Slight upper and lower (sacrum) backache
  • No motivation
  • Belly more bloated than yesterday morning

Symptoms Throughout Day:

  • Eye lids and face back to normal by mid-afternoon
  • Negativity went away and I felt like myself – joyful, motivated happy – until I took wormwood
  • Heart rate got worse throughout day for which I took Metoprolol
  • Tongue more coated
  • Increased headache early evening sometime after taking wormwood
  • Feeling cold and cold hands and feet
  • Very hungry
  • Very, very tempted to eat
  • Distended abdomen after broth and rest of day

Detox Support:

I did not do enough for detox today.

  • Well Belly applied to abdomen after shower (no bath today)
  • Castor oil mixed with essential oils (clary sage, frankincense, myrrh, peppermint, lavender) applied to abdomen and liver/gallbladder at bedtime
  • Physical therapy – not sure if this is actually detox support but I happened to have an appointment today

Antimicrobials/Digestive Support:

  • Bee Propolis Extract (took a few extra dropperfulls just because I like the taste)
  • Wormwood
  • Digestive Enzymes

Liquids Consumed:

  • Organic coffee blended with coconut oil
  • Filtered water (we have a whole house water filter for crud and fluoride)
  • Filtered water with electrolytes, micro minerals, and borax
  • Clear vegetable broth (from kale, parsley, cilantro, tomatoes, zucchini)
  • MISO soup (water and Miso Master miso)
  • GF Teecino Dark Roast blended with coconut oil

January 2014 Cleanse – Day 2

I slept pretty good until about 4 AM. Got up to use the bathroom then went back to bed and sort of dozed off until about 5:20 AM. Not bad considering I went to bed at 9 o’ clock last night.

Symptoms AM:

  • Left eye lid mildly swollen, right eye lid extremely swollen (not sure why the right always swells more in addition to other issues on the right side of my body only)
  • Heart rate walking around kitchen 104, sitting 74
  • Coated tongue
  • Mild anxiety/negativity
  • Slight upper and lower (sacrum) backache
  • No motivation
  • Mildly bloated belly

Symptoms Throughout Day:

  • Eye lids and face back to normal by mid-afternoon
  • Negativity went away but had mild anxiety on and off throughout the day
  • Heart rate got worse throughout day for which I took Metoprolol
  • Tongue more coated
  • Mild headache
  • Feeling cold and cold hands and feet (it doesn’t help that it’s 10 degrees outside – fasting in July, when it’s in the 90s and humid, might have been a better idea!)
  • Very hungry
  • Distended abdomen after broth and rest of day

Detox Support:

  • Coffee enema
  • Castor oil mixed with essential oils (clary sage, frankincense, myrrh, peppermint, lavender) applied to abdomen and liver/gallbladder area while taking a bath with Epsom salt
  • Well Belly applied to abdomen after bath, and to bottom of feet at bedtime
  • Castor oil mixed with essential oils (clary sage, frankincense, myrrh, peppermint, lavender) applied to abdomen and liver/gallbladder at bedtime
  • Liposomal Vitamin C (not sure how much but this batch is pretty strong)

 

Antimicrobials/Digestive Support:

  • Bee Propolis Extract (took a few extra dropperfulls just because I like the taste)
  • Paraclear A
  • A blend of peppermint, rosemary, fennel, ginger, grapefruit, and cinnamon essential oils in olive oil
  • Oil of Oregano
  • Digestive Enzymes

Liquids Consumed:

  • Organic coffee blended with coconut oil
  • Filtered water (we have a whole house water filter for crud and fluoride)
  • Filtered water with electrolytes, micro minerals, and borax
  • Clear vegetable broth (from organic broccoli)
  • MISO soup (water and Miso Master miso)
  • Small amount of beef broth PM

January 2014 Cleanse – Day 1

So I ate crap yesterday. Actually, I ate sort of crappy the last two days. This is in part why I felt rough this morning when I woke up. It is really not a good idea to eat a TON of food or to eat in an unhealthy manner ever, but certainly not the day before embarking on a fast. However, I think I was on too much hydrocortisone again and not only had a ravenous appetite, but was craving sweets. When my hunger hits the intensity it hit yesterday, or when I have uncontrollable sweet cravings, I usually know that something is up. It can be die off from adding a new anti-microbial, the full moon (parasites are more active), sex hormone imbalance, or in this case, too much hydrocortisone. I reduced my dose yesterday, and today, and my hunger is back to what it normally is.

Symptoms AM:

  • Swollen eye lids/small eyes
  • Puffy face/enlarged pores
  • Mild fatigue
  • Fluid retention (from eating crap yesterday!)
  • Significant abdominal distention

Symptoms Throughout Day:

  • Symptoms from morning continued except for mild improvement in swollen eye lids
  • Mildly coated tongue (yup, happens that fast for me)
  • Mild headache
  • Mild sweaty smell
  • Vacillating between mild anxiety and eerily cheerful/funky mood
  • Mild bad breath (I hate this one the most)
  • Feeling slightly cold starting late afternoon

Detox Support:

  • Coffee enema
  • Castor oil mixed with essential oils (clary sage, frankincense, myrrh, peppermint, lavender) applied to abdomen and liver/gallbladder area while taking a bath with Epsom salt
  • Zeolite
  • Charcoal
  • Well Belly applied to abdomen after bath, and to abdomen and bottom of feet at bedtime

Liquids Consumed:

  • Organic coffee* blended with coconut oil**
  • Filtered water (we have a whole house water filter for crud and fluoride)
  • Filtered water with electrolytes, micro minerals, and borax
  • Clear vegetable broth (from organic broccoli)
  • MISO soup (water and Miso Master miso)

*It is NOT recommended to consume caffeine while fasting/cleansing, but it seems to work for me.

**I can’t really call this a fast since I am consuming coconut oil. However, I have done coconut oil cleanses before and have had great results/benefits. Adding in a little coconut oil felt right. Tomorrow may be a different story.

Hot Chocolate Coffee (with protein)

what you need:

what you do:

Place all ingredients in a blender and process until well blended. Enjoy hot or poured over ice.

 

September 2013: Days 2 through 5 at Sophia Health

Despite having more time this trip, I did not get to finish writing about all my appointments. Unfortunately now most of what happened is sort of a blur. I did try to record the appointments, but I am not sure everything was recorded. I haven’t even checked the recordings yet. Things have been really busy since coming back with getting No Junque going, church, and a new dog. But here it goes…as far as I remember.

Tuesday – 09.10.2013

I only had Dr. K scheduled that day for 11 AM so had some time to relax in the morning. My mood was off to say the least, but I didn’t actually realize how OFF I was that day until later in the week when I was done with Biltricide. I told Dr. K how I had been feeling and what had been going on – cavitation surgery, PFM  (porcelain fused to metal) crown removal, mild anxiety on and off, still bloated, etc. We talked for a minute then I got on the table for ART (Autonomic Response Testing).

As soon as I got on the table tears started to flow. I was very emotional (probably from Biltricide), plus over tired from time zone changes and not sleeping well, and just worn out, and it sort of came out during the appointment.

He added a few supplements to my treatment plan and then ordered an IV that day. After the appointment I walked into the bathroom and just cried for a while. All the emotions I had been holding in just came flooding out. I then went to the treatment room to get my IVs. One of the other patients, who was just leaving, could tell that I had been crying. We started talking and she assured me that it does get better. She said she was so sick that she wanted to kill herself yet here she is feeling better and traveling the world. She said that Dr. K is amazing (which I already knew) and that I will be healthy again. It is exactly what I needed to hear that day. I know I am in good hands with Dr. D and Dr. K yet there are times I go to a dark place where it feels like this will never end. Part of that has to do with die off.

The rest of the day was rough and also sort of a blur. I went for an ultrasound of my thyroid around 5 PM which thankfully was ok. But when I talked to Bob that evening I just started to cry again. I felt so overwhelmed with everything and it was hard to see things ever getting better.

Dr. K also said that he wants me to take Biltricide again, but after doing a couple of liver/gallbladder flushes fairly close together. He said my liver and gallbladder are really congested and under stress and the Biltricide would go through better after doing some flushes.

Wednesday – 09.11.2013

I still felt off that morning and in addition wasn’t allowed to have coffee, take a shower, or brush my teeth because I had a thermography scheduled that morning. For any coffee drinker our there I probably don’t have to mention how hard this was. I thought my appointment was at 8:30 AM, but when I got there I was told that it is actually at 9:30 AM. I was not happy!

I also had my long appointment with Dr. D that day where she answers more questions, goes over my treatment plan from Dr. K with me, and muscle tests all my current supplements. She also checked to see if there was an issue with all the dental work I had done and she said there wasn’t. She detected some microbial activity but according to Dr. D it’s nothing more than she would expect from anybody who had just had all this dental work done. Muscle testing indicated that the microbial activity was clearing with Watch Your Mouth and PrimiTooth Powder.

My mood was better that day but I still felt slightly off. It was my last day of Biltricide but I forgot to take the last dose in the evening.

Thursday – 09.12.2013

I felt much better that day and my mood was back to normal. When I walked into my appointment with Dr. Klinghardt it felt totally different than the appointment on Tuesday. During my visit in May he had asked me if I am getting any results with the MMS enemas. I told him I was and that I had pictures, which he wanted to see, but of course I could not find them on my phone. This time I had them with me on my iPad and he wanted to see them. What I thought was just  a lot of mucous is actually a rope parasites according to Dr. K. He told me a little bit more about them and said there are two PDFs that someone was trying to get published but couldn’t and suggested I read them. Incidentally, someone had already posted them on the GAPS Help Yahoo group and I was aware of them.

I got on the table for more ART and he determined that the rope parasites had already moved into my small intestine. He also confirmed that they could be causing the constant abdominal distention I am dealing with as well as the constant hunger. In addition to an overwhelming enema protocol I was also put on oral anti-parasitics to reach the parasites in the small intestine. We also did another heavy metals challenge test while I was there and he added some oral metal chelators and anti-fungals.

Later that day I had an osteopathic appointment with Dr. Aleks which was great as usual. Dr. K also said to use the PEMF mat that day and the next day.

Friday – 09.13.2013

It was my last day at Sophia and I was scheduled to go home that day. I had a relaxing morning, packed my suitcase, then headed over to Sophia. I got on the PEMF mat first then had my last appointment with Dr. D. I wanted her to muscle test various foods but forgot to bring the bag of food samples I had prepared at home. For muscle testing, it is best to place all your supplements with a daily dose into little seal-able plastic bags. I started doing the same thing with food, but accidentally left the bag of food samples I had prepared in the freezer.

She muscle tested the few foods I did have with me and we discussed the very extensive treatment plan from Dr. K. After I was done I packed up all my stuff and headed to the airport. Both Dr. D and Dr. K also recommended cryotherapy in Germany so that is something I am looking into now. You can read more about how it is beneficial here.

September 2013: Day 1 at Sophia Health

I flew to Seattle yesterday and as usual it was a long day of traveling. I got up at 5 AM my time, which of course is 3 AM Washington time, and it was midnight my time when I finally got to bed. Then I woke up at 3 AM today so I am worn out.

Today I had only two appointments – a 30 minute consultation with Dr. D and a 60 minute acupuncture appointment with Melanie. I filled Dr. D in on what has been going on and how I have been feeling. Basically, not good. I still have gallbladder pain most days, I had UTI pain for a week which then just vanished, lots of increased GI issues and more. She did her usual testing and found that I have fungal and parasitic stress, and that my thyroid, gallbladder, and intestines are stressed. She feels that microbes are affecting my thyroid. Dr. D recommended some supplements and also told me to start my prescription of Biltricide. She also agreed that it might be a good idea to get an ultrasound of my thyroid to get the lump checked out.

I am staying with a friend (another patient at Sophia) this time and had time to come back to the house in between my appointments. I cooked some food, drank some coffee, and started my meds. Next I went to the spa for acupuncture with Melanie. She is really nice and very knowledgeable. She too said my intestines are stressed and she said my liver was having a hard time. She placed all the needles then told me to rest. At that point I started to cry – sort of. The first two days are usually pretty overwhelming. After traveling, time zone changes, lack of sleep, new information, and possible die off from new meds/supps, you just feel a bit “worn”.

After acupuncture I went back to the house and had some lunch. Then I ventured out, found a Panera, and sat outside for a bit. I thought about going to Pike Place Market, but I was just too tired and didn’t feel like walking around So I chilled in Woodinville instead, made the ultrasound appointment for tomorrow at 5 PM, and read for a little while. I came back to the house and was greeted by my friends awesome kids and their nanny. We talked for a while and then watched a movie together.

Now it’s only 8 PM and I feel like going to sleep. Really hoping I will be able to sleep later than 3 AM tomorrow.

A Lump in my Neck and More Dental Work

So much has happened since my cavitation surgery early July. Actually, a couple days before the cavitation surgery I noticed a big, hard lump in my neck. The next day it seemed smaller, the day after that I had the surgery, and then things kind of went crazy with die off, pain, gallbladder attacks, anxiety and more. So I kind of forgot about the lump or maybe it did go away.

In the meantime I went back to see Dr. Foley for a dental cleaning and some x-rays. She had noticed a mercury tattoo on my upper right gums and wanted to see what was going on. She found that I still had a PFM (porcelain fused to metal) crown on the top right and her take was that it contained mercury which was causing the mercury tattoo. I got my cleaning and we scheduled the crown and tattoo removal for earlier today. I also had a little skin tag that formed after the cavitation surgery on the bottom right and she said she would remove that as well.

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#18_Skin_Tag

So I went in at 7 AM today and I left at 10 AM. While working on the crown, tattoo, and skin tag, she also noticed some leftover amalgam on the bottom right. Since she was already working on me she decided to go ahead and remove that as well (free of charge – thank you Dr. Foley!). That means I was numbed and had work done on the top right, bottom right, and bottom left. I think all in all I got 8 shots and now I am left with a hole in my upper gums and a very sore mouth. However, I am SO glad the remaining metal is now gone.

Back to the lump in my throat. I noticed that it was back around August 18th. I was tilting my head back and it was just sticking out. It felt very hard, just like the first time I noticed it, but I could move it from side to side, which felt really weird. Not sure if you can tell in the pics below, but it’s rather big. DH said I should name him Herbert. I was thinking Ezra.

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Lump4

Lump2

Lump1

I happened to have a phone appointment with Dr. D the next day and described the lump to her. At that point I hadn’t taken pictures of it but now wish I had. She said it could just be a calcified lymph node but to be on the safe side, to have it checked by my local doctor and get either an ultrasound or a biopsy. Other new symptoms were excessive sweating, increased appetite, minor weight loss despite eating more, and mild anxiety. I called my local doc’s office and was able to get an appointment August 26th. The doctor who saw me, not my usual doc, took down all my symptoms, then felt around on my lump for a while, then said she would go talk to my doc. After a few minutes she came back in with him, he also felt around on my lump and said he could order a CT. I asked if an ultrasound would suffice but he said it wouldn’t but that he is not really concerned about what is going on. He suggested waiting 4 to 6 weeks and if it’s not gone by then to come back and get the CT. Since I had just had two CTs within 4 weeks I decided to wait.

Once I got home I took the pictures above and my very smart friend who is also a nurse suggested it could be a goiter. Since the other symptoms I was describing above are consistent with hyperthyroidism, and that can be a cause of goiters (not just hypothyroidism), I decided to reduce my thyroid medication again slightly. On a side note, when I first started seeing Dr. D I was on about 75 mcg Cytomel and I a now down to 56.25 mcg! After a few days on the lower dose most of those symptoms were gone or reduced but the lump is still there. Luckily I am going to Seattle next week for more appointments with my doctors and will have them check it out.

I also went to see an oral surgeon about having some metal plates in my upper jaw removed. Dr. K thinks they might be impacting my health negatively. The reason I have them is because I had a cross bite but did not have braces when I was a child. By the time I started checking into it, which was in my early 20s, I was told that the cross bite was not fixable with braces alone. I consulted three different orthodontists I believe and they all said the same thing – braces and surgery. So that’s what I did. After I had had the braces for about 1 1/2 years they broke my upper jaw in three places, expanded it, then put the plates in to hold it all together. I was hoping that Dr. Foley could remove them but she said they go too far up to right under my eyes and she is not qualified to do it. That’s why she referred me to Dr. McKenna at Vanderbilt hospital.

While Dr. McKenna did not think that metal in my body is an issue, or that the plates could be causing health issues, he did say that he could remove them. He said at most it would take 2 hours depending on how much bone has grown on the plates. It would be outpatient surgery, full anesthesia, and he said they would have to cut into my gums so they can peel my face back, and then cut out the plates. Fun! I was hoping to get all this done before my trip to Seattle next week but there just wasn’t enough time. When I mentioned it to Dr. D on the phone she said to wait at least 2 weeks after the surgery before flying. Plus she felt that getting the mercury tattoo and metal crown removed were more important.

So I got all that done and now I am actually hoping that the plate removal is not necessary anymore. Maybe with the cavitations gone and all the metal removed from my mouth, that will be enough to tip me over the edge as Dr. D called it and I will see some significant healing. That would be so awesome!

Last but not least, I have had a UTI since Saturday. As if all the dental work, increased die off, and the usual stuff going on wasn’t enough! I am trying to get rid of it with d-mannose, cantharis 30C, increased Vitamin C, and baking soda. If it’s not better by tomorrow I will get a urine test and will see what Dr. D recommends. Praying I won’t need antibiotics and that my lump is nothing serious.