What I'm Doing Now
Always searching for new ways to live the best I can with MSIDS (Chronic Lyme), Ankylosing Spondylosis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Raynauds, IBS, Systemic Inflammation, MTHFR Genetic mutation and a cluster of other autoimmune issues.
Since the beginning of January I have been working my way back to the strictest version of the Autoimmune Protocol diet and it is making a big difference. Still not 100% strict but very close at this point. The fatigue makes doing all that cooking very difficult, even with batch cooking.
Lunch today was a salad with fermented carrots, homemade AIP dressing, pasture raised ham
and applesauce with cinnamon.
Because I have the MTHFR genetic mutation taking meds, supplements and even biologics like herbs can be a nightmare for me. My body just can't detox, so to date I have not been able to tolerate the slew of mainstream meds they have tried on me over the years. I am currently on a very short list of supplements that I seem to tolerate well. I sometimes ad in others either when my symptoms are very stable or I am in crisis but I will only post those when I am adding them in.
Here's the current list:
Mag Glycinate 100-200 mg
Methyl-Guard by Thorne 2 pills a day (I was taking 4 a day last year but muscle testing showed a need to decrease)
Barleans Fish Oil EPA/DHA 2,000
Vit K2 & D3 combo by Ortho Molecular (5,000 D3 and 45mcg K)
Cholacol very rarely
Heartburn TX also rarely
1-2 of either plain vitamin C or Aller-C
Daily Lemon Balm Tea with raw honey and lemon
Fire Cider as needed
I am also currently brewing my first batch of homemade Kombucha to include in my fermented foods.
Meditation has always been such a struggle for me. Chanting as a form of healing meditation has become an important part of my life and I feel deeply drawn to the chants of the Sikh tradition as taught here in the USA by Yogi Bhajan in the 60's and 70's. They assist me greatly in transcending pain and copping with the crushing fatigue that keeps me from going out or even doing activities around my home. Still, I have trouble keeping up with a daily practice so I started an 11 day meditation on Tuesday January 19th using the chant at this link: Mera Man Loche – Meditation to Heal the Wounds of Love. It takes about 55 minuets to do it the full 11 times and it is always a challenge for me to sit still that long but I did it and I did feel very peaceful afterwards. I just hope I can keep it up for the full 11 days.