My Ugly Rosacea Face Rash – Learnings PART 2

This is a continuation and update from my first article about The Rash: My Ugly Rosacea Face Rash is Making Me a Better Person, if you’d like to read that first. But it’s not essential, as the story and learnings here are huge on their own!

Bex Rash Before and After Keto OS
The Rash – 2 Months Ago                                              The Rash – Today

The Rash has been with me on and off again for the last 2 years, and I’ve gotten to know it as one of the key signals my body gives me to let me know how it’s feeling inside.

When I’m stressed and/or make wrong food choices for a while, etc, The Rash makes an appearance and then I know it’s time to rebalance myself, my mind and my habits. Just like a stomach ache, headache, fatigue, or any other symptom, The Rash is a gentle friend showing me that I’m off course. I also realised my stress was largely due to my focus on my diet, and my world travels reminded me that food is only #4 of The Primal 6, NOT #1.

Thoughts are Most Important

After traveling in Europe and Mexico, I noticed how people didn’t obsess over food like we do, and how their health and vitality seemed to be well maintained by their mindset. They focused more on family, enjoyment, passion, purpose, contribution, relaxation, and community.

So that’s where I turned my focus. I took a break from Primal Health, reading articles, seeing health practitioners, monitoring my diet. And I turned my attention to my own family, enjoyment, passions, purpose, contribution, relaxation and community.

It was this change that led me to start my own Reconnect To Your Joy business, with in-person group courses that reminded the myself and others that the joy we are looking for is not outside of us, it’s already within us. I had reconnected to my joy and now I’m sharing it!

Thank you Face Rash for taking me on a health journey that led back to #1 – Thoughts, and living my purpose and contributing in even more ways!

I recently had a few sessions with a naturopath friend and got two great things out of it.
1/ I’m drinking infused herbs like Nettle, Clover and Oatstraw to give my body extra nutrition it misses because of poor digestion. I’m also taking bitter herbs before eating sometimes, to help me digest.
2/ When I started keeping a diary of my symptoms for our sessions to see what helped and hindered, I got stressed again about everything I ate, sleeping habits, toxins, and The Rash. This led to another huge learning from The Rash:

What We Focus On is What We Get

The minute I started focusing on my symptoms again, to try to fix them, they got worse. I was bloated more often, The Rash got redder. In my Reconnect To Your Joy courses, I teach others that what we put our attention on is our intention. Like attracts like. The Law of Attraction. I had practiced this so much with my thoughts and yet hadn’t realised I was doing it with my health.

How long had I been telling myself that my gut is damaged and leaky, that I have poor digestion, that I can’t absorb nutrients well, that I have lots of food intolerances, and that I have The Rash? A long time!

So I’ve changed my tune. My body is actually incredibly healthy. I am a healthy weight, I have beautiful skin on 99% of my body, I have tons of energy, my mind is clear, I am strong and getting stronger and healthier every day! This mindset has led to me finally wanting to use my body more for physical fitness, and I think that’s helping The Rash too!

Movement is Not Just For Weight Loss

My naturopath friend suggested that it would really help my digestion to move my body more. Of course, Brad had been ‘nagging’ me about that for years, since I became more and more inactive, but I’m often stubborn about accepting hubby advice. 🙂 This time though, hearing it from an outsider who wasn’t a fitness professional, a light bulb went off.

For years, I’d been focusing so much on my diet, sleep, water, breathing, and mindset, but had largely ignored the 5th component of the Primal 6 – Movement. Aside of dancing in the kitchen sometimes, and occasional phases of going to yoga classes, I wasn’t regularly moving my body with purpose.

I knew I liked walking, so I started taking my walking shoes with me in the car each day, as a reminder to go for a walk in nature. Immediately, my moods perked up huge, my digestion felt great, and I could swear The Rash wasn’t as flared and red as often.

I signed up for the Coastrek 30 km walk as further motivation to continue increasing my fitness. It was going to take a lot of positive thinking though, as staircases still left me panting, and weight training with Brad would surely leave me sore for days. But then I had another learning…

Modern Life Requires Flexibility on Being Primal

Around the same time, my husband Brad came across a natural supplement that puts the body into a state of Ketosis in less than an hour, something that you have to be incredibly disciplined to do with diet, but is extremely beneficial for the body. Ketosis is a state our primal bodies would have been in a lot in primal times, due to intermittent fasting when there was no food supply, and from hunters and herdsmen consuming lots of fat and minimal carbohydrates.

We haven’t used a powdered drink supplement in many years, preferring to focus on the Primal 6 with whole foods, and at first it just didn’t seem Primal enough to take this powder from a packet. But hey, I eat and do plenty of unprimal things in this modern world! And I’d taken plenty of other supplements during my gut healing protocol.

I was seeing that because our lives and environments are not very primal anymore, supplements can be a great support for our health. Plus, I couldn’t ignore the results people were getting, so I tried the Keto OS.

After only a couple of days taking it, I was stoked with the energy and stamina I had for exercise (since I hadn’t in ages!), and how my muscles don’t hurt after doing weight workouts and circuits with Brad.

AND guess what, The Rash started changing immediately! I’ve now been taking it for a couple of weeks, and my digestion is getting better, my mind is even more clear and focused, I’m not craving my intolerant foods as much AND look at The Rash – it’s nearly gone!

Bex Rash Before and After Keto OS
The Rash – 2 Months Ago                                              The Rash – Today

So, What Heals My Rosacea Face Rash?

The simple answer is:
Continuing to focus on thoughts and actions that make me feel good, which leads my body to find its balance.

The complex answer is:
Here are the thoughts and actions that I feel are leading my body to finding balance and my rash disappearing –

1/ Positive thoughts and talk about myself, my life, my body, my health and The Rash. Gratitude, Appreciation, and Anticipation for wonderful things to continue to come.

2/ Following my purpose in life, helping others and bringing people together in joy and health.

3/ Nurturing my relationships with myself and others, and my connection to my tribes and my community.

4/ Eating intuitively. Asking myself if I really want it, or want to continue eating it. Does it spark joy? How does it make me feel right now? Enjoying food and removing guilt and not using labels like ‘bad’ or ‘junk’ with foods that I like to eat occasionally.

5/ Drinking infused herbs to offer my body extra nutrients to be and feel the best it can. Using digestive enzymes, slippery elm, digestive teas, and other aids to support my body when it feels right. No protocols, no rules, just love and support.

6/ Drinking Keto OS to give my body exogenous ketones which are helping my gut health and movement abilities, which in turn puts my body and skin into a balanced state!

Want Some Help With Your Rash and Your Health?

I’ve decided that I want to help others know about the Keto OS supplement, to help with their health goals, whether it’s a rash, energy, weight loss, better sleep, digestive support, brain fog, hormones, mood swings, physical pain, recovery, athletics…I’ve seen Keto OS helping people with all these things and more. So I’ve become a promoter of this product and receive commissions for sales, which help me keep running this free website and giving free advice, so we can all live a healthy and vibrant life! I would only recommend and promote products I truly believe in.

If you’d like to know more or sample Keto OS, just click here: Get your Keto OS sample*
*(If you live outside the US or Canada, you’ll have to contact me to get your sample)

Even better,  PM me on Facebook (Bex Rasmus) and I can add you to a Customer Experience Page on Facebook with tons of great links, testimonials and videos.

I’m here to help others, that includes you! We can thank The Rash for bringing us together through this article. 😉

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Parasites 101

Don’t freak out, but you should know it’s very possible that you have a parasite. You may only think of parasites as something that gives you diarrhea on holiday in a tropical third-world country, but actually, parasites are just as rampant in the Western world, and are related to illness and disease of ALL kinds. Yes, even we, your gurus for all things Primal, have both had parasites that have significantly affected our health.

Parasites have been a subject of interest for many years now, especially since Brad started studying the work of Paul Chek and obtaining many certifications as a CHEK Practitioner. To learn more about parasites, we met with a legend in the world of Parasitology, Dr. Omar Amin. He’s the Professor of Parasitology and founder of the Parasitology Center, Inc. (PCI) in Scottsdale, Arizona. Arizona just happened to be our last stop on a 7 month world trip, and we knew that we had certainly picked up some new bugs whilst traveling in Japan, Europe, Mexico and the USA. We left Dr. Amin’s office with a wealth of new information AND a specially formulated botanical remedy to give us relief from our own parasites. Brad has had issues with pinworms/threadworms on and off for many years and Bex more recently with Dientamoeba Fragilis.

Mr parasites himself, Dr.Omar Amin, with Bex and Brad at his home in Scottsdale Arizona.
Bex and Brad with Dr. Omar Amin (center) at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Symptoms of Parasite Infection

The most common indicators that you may have a parasite are: diarrhea, constipation, bloating, cramps, indigestion, mucus, fatigue, nausea, skin rash, dry cough, headaches, allergies, joint pain, memory loss, and brain fog.

But it hardly stops there. Other symptoms can include:

Abdominal pain, lethargy, excessively dry or itchy skin, itchy nose or anus, depression, chronic mood swings, anxiety, insomnia, waking a lot during the night, grinding teeth during sleep, inability to lose or gain weight, uncontrollable hunger OR loss of appetite, muscle pain or cramping, numbness of hands and/or feet, arthritis, fast heartbeat, bad breath, excessive body odor, anemia, hypoglycemia, sexual impotence, yeast and urinary tract infections, cysts and fibroids.

How do parasites cause illness and disease?

They take nutrients away from their host (you, in this case), and produce toxic waste called mycotoxins. Parasites can occur anywhere in your body – every organ, tissue and even in your blood – and they can cause symptoms that mimic other disorders. So you may have been treated by your doctor for many different problems over your lifetime, but because they were never diagnosed as being parasite related, the parasitic infection may continue to affect your health in various ways.

How do we get parasites?

Parasites are all around and can enter your body through food, water (drinking/touching), insects, air, pets, people and soil. There’s no use worrying excessively about trying to avoid them, but there are lots of simple sanitary precautions and lifestyle habits that will minimise your risk of contracting a parasite, such as washing your hands and vegetables, drinking filtered water, chewing your food well, avoiding antibiotics, taking care of your digestive system, and not biting your nails or kissing your pets. In general, the stronger your immune system is to prevent parasites creating a home within your system, the better the chance you have of preventing them from getting too comfortable within your internal environment.

How do you know if you have a parasite?

If you are suffering from some of the symptoms above, take this Parasite Questionnaire. If your score is 15 or higher, parasites may be affecting your health.

It would be wise to then contact PCI directly or an integrative doctor or naturopath for further consultation and possible lab testing. The ‘Full GI Panel’ is the number one test Dr. Omar Amin offers.

One thing to be aware of with parasite testing is that results can often be inaccurate. You may get an incorrect negative result, as many types of parasites are not detected by common stool tests, and parasites are cyclical so may not show up every time. Or you may get an incorrect positive result as undigested food particles can look like certain parasites, as you can see in these parasite test photos at the bottom of the page. For this reason, it’s best to test with experts in parasitology, such as PCI. Or if your symptoms have been chronic for a long time, then consider starting parasite treatment even if your test results are negative. As Brad has learned from Paul Chek, there are over 1000 parasites that can affect the human body. Common stool tests may only test for 9-12 of the most common ones.

How do you treat a parasite infection?

The million dollar question. Even when people finally discover that a parasite is the cause of their problems, figuring out how to safely and effectively treat the infection can be an even bigger challenge.

Antibiotics
Parasites are often treated with antibiotics, but these drugs are harsh on your system, weaken your body, and kill off the beneficial bacteria in your system which helps keep the parasites at bay in the first place. So the parasite may go away for awhile after antibiotics, but re-infection is common. A vicious cycle, really.

Bex experienced this personally when she took antibiotics to treat her Dientamoeba Fragilis. Her parasite seemed to go away, and symptoms were temporarily relieved, but have now returned. We also learned from Dr. Amin that D. Fragilis is a type of parasite that ‘sits on the line’, so often only an immune compromised person will show a positive result. So maybe her parasite never actually left.

Dietary changes
Following a primal diet of real whole foods is definitely key in preventing and treating parasite infections. However, once the infection is deep and long-lasting (usually when the symptoms get worse/obvious), most people find dietary changes alone can’t treat the parasite problem. You can be assured, however, that if you take a medical or botanical remedy but don’t also change your diet and lifestyle, parasite reinfection is very common.

Natural Remedies
For years, we have tried using many natural anti-parasitic substances as part of level 3 and 4 of our Primal Cleanse. These include oregano oil, wormwood, detox teas, Naturopathic Tinctures, Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide and Diatomaceous Earth. Other known remedies are black walnut hulls, cloves, pumpkin seed oil, garlic, neem, thyme, and marshmallow root. However, knowing how to use these properly, in what combination and proper dosages is really just a guessing game for people like us. And we’ve heard that many of the expensive commercial formulas in the shops don’t work very well. Dr. Amin also warns, “The body understands and wants consistency. When you try too many things all the time, it confuses your body.”

This is what we are currently taking for our parasite infections

Needless to say, we were really excited to meet a holistic-minded parasitologist who has worked hard to create completely natural and plant-based formulas which are helping thousands of people all over the world get relief from their parasite infections. We decided to take Dr. Amin’s formulas, called Freedom, Cleanse, Restore, for 3 months. At the time of writing, we’ve been taking it for 2 months.

Freedom, Cleanse, Restore parasite protocol.
Freedom, Cleanse, Restore parasite protocol.

As mentioned, we’d just returned from traveling the world for 7 months. We could certainly recognise the return of our previous parasitic symptoms, so we are looking forward to seeing how this remedy works for us. If Dr. Amin’s credentials and the testimonials are anything to go by, we think we’ve found a winner.

Note: We do not receive any commissions for mentioning this remedy, and are not qualified to prescribe anything to you. We simply believe in natural health solutions and are happy to recommend good ones when we find them!

Dr. Amin told us that this treatment is designed to work for all known species of parasites, including single-celled organisms, worm parasites, fungus and pathogenic bacteria. However, he greatly advises parasite testing to be sure that your symptoms are parasite related and also to see what type and how chronic the infection is, to regulate dosage and length of treatment.

He recommended no less than 3 months of taking the remedy, which may seem long to you and so many of us who are used to quick fixes. But the body is complex, and slow and steady often wins the race, especially when it comes to healing.

When you might have to keep your parasites

Dr. Amin corrects us when we say ‘eradication’, as there is no such thing. Only homeostasis, or balance. If we can keep parasites at low levels (and our system strong), they don’t cause problems.

You see, our bodies are designed to live in balance with low levels of foreign bacteria, which we accumulate from our environment after birth. It is only when this relationship becomes ‘imbalanced’ – that is beneficial for one but detrimental to the other – that it becomes parasitic.

In some instances, however, Dr. Amin warns that fungus and parasites can actually be beneficial to your body and should not be treated yet. The example he gives us is of Candida, which can be very harmful to the body. However, candida protects against heavy metal poisoning by metabolising the heavy metal and carrying it out of the body. So people with heavy metal poisoning would actually benefit from having candida!

It gets worse before it gets better

As often occurs in healing, once you start a remedy, you may feel worse at first. As your parasites die off and your body slowly flushes them out, you may experience more severe symptoms such as sharp intestinal pains or cramps, fatigue and grogginess, nausea, swelling, and foul smelling gas. Be assured that this is only temporary and is actually a good sign – it means that the remedy is working! Relief is on the way :). Brad has had this happen several times during our Primal Seasonal Cleanses, resulting in large amounts amounts of inflammation and swelling around the lymph node areas, and even the face.

Whatever you do, don’t discontinue the remedy as soon as you start feeling better. The danger is that there is still a residual population of parasites which can mutate into drug-resistant strains which are extremely hard to treat.

Paul Chek’s ‘Healing Fungal and Parasite Infections’

If you want to know more, save yourself thousands of dollars in course fees that Brad has spent learning about this stuff from CHEK Institute courses, and go straight to Paul Chek’s DVD series to give you all you need to know about Parasites. Well worth the investment.

Have you had a parasite and have some pertinent information to share with the Primal Health community?

Sources:
http://www.parasitetesting.com/
https://www.humaworm.com
http://www.undergroundhealth.com/eliminating-intestinal-parasites/
http://www.chekinstitute.com/Advanced_Training_Programs/HLC.php

Bex and Brad – Parasites 101 – 2015

Test Your Thyroid at Home

Blood tests are notorious for missing all but the most extreme cases of thyroid dysfunction. Most thyroid issues go undetected for decades because they are low level issues that don’t show up on conventional medical tests, even though they are causing major imbalances in the body. If you’ve had this happen, you can now take your health into your own hands and test your thyroid at home!

Test Your Thyroid at Home

This article is our Primal Health notes from part of The Thyroid Sessions interview with Dr. Dan Kalish. Learn more about Dr. Kalish and The Thyroid Sessions at the bottom of the article.

3 main triggers for thyroid problems:

Inflammation – Can result from dietary issues, lifestyle choices and stress. Inflammation signals the body to make more cortisol, and results in a block of the thyroid hormones.

Toxins – Such as heavy metals, mercury, lead, arsenic, cadmium. Every American adult has between 400-700 toxins in their body right now. We are saturated with toxins from our modern environment. These toxins are endocrine disruptors: once they get into your tissues, they mess up the way your hormones operate. Impossible to avoid completely, but can be minimized.

Stress – External stress: job deadlines, financial pressure, relationship challenges, parenting, aging family members AND internal stress: not living the life we want, not satisfied, unfulfilled, not at peace with ourselves. Another main trigger of cortisol release. When cortisol levels go up, thyroid hormones drop. The more stressed you are, the more of a thyroid problem you will have.

But my thyroid test came back normal!

People come in to their doctor with symptoms that point to the thyroid, so the doctor orders the blood test, but when the results come out ‘normal’, the thyroid is thought to be healthy and fine, and the doctor and patient continue wondering what could be the problem.

Scientist and conventional doctor, Dr. Brodo Barnes, published an article in the Journal of American Medical Association in the 1940’s about these undiagnosed thyroid conditions.  For many years, he studied thyroid issues and successfully treated many patients with thyroid problems. He treated them for adrenal insufficiency, which means he knew that there was direct correlation between high cortisol levels (which exhausts the adrenal glands) and thyroid problems. Eventually, he developed a more thorough thyroid test that could be done at home and would pick up all thyroid problems, whether minor or severe.

So if your doctor has run a blood test and your thyroid levels have come up as normal, try this home test.

The Thyroid Home Test

When your thyroid is weak and underactive, you will feel tired, be putting on weight, have dull hair and skin, feel cold all the time…this is all because your metabolism has been slowed, which will also decrease your body temperature. So a consistently low body temperature can correlate with a sluggish thyroid.

You will need:

– Old-fashioned basal mercury thermometer
– Supplements. See next section for details.
– Chart to record daily results. Make your own – something like this:

Part of example thyroid home test chart
Part of example thyroid home test chart by Kalish Wellness

What to do:

A/ Do steps #1-3 below for 5 days (noting the different timing for women still menstruating). Make sure that you take your temperature BEFORE getting out of bed, before checking your phone messages or anything. While the thermometer is under your armpit, do nothing but lay there for 10 whole minutes. Don’t read, use your phone, talk or anything.

If your armpit temperature (only use the armpit) is in the normal range stated in #5, your thyroid is ok, and you can stop testing. If your temperature is below the normal range, continue to part B. If you do not see a clear trend in your temperature yet, try another 5 days until a trend of low or normal temperature becomes clear.

If your temperature is higher than the normal range, HYPERthyroidism may be a possibility, or you may have an infection.

Thyroid home test instructions from Kalish Wellness
Thyroid home test instructions from Kalish Wellness

B/ If your temperature is below the normal range for the first 5 days, continue testing for 21 more days while also taking these supplements recommended by Dr. Kalish (they can be ordered online), or other thyroid supplements/medication.

Thytrophin PMG made by Standard Process. Dosage is 6 pills at breakfast, or 3 at breakfast and 3 at lunch.
OR
Thyroid Synergy by Designs for Health (better for vegans as not animal based). Dosage is 4 tablets, 2 at breakfast, 2 at lunch.

The supplements reduce inflammation, lower cortisol, stabilise blood sugar and provide nutritional support to the thyroid. Therefore, as it says above in #5, if your temperature is low at first but rises while taking the supplements, you may have a weak thyroid.

Two ways of treating the thyroid

1/ The only conventional medical solution is medication, which is usually recommended to be taken for life. This is because if the inflammation, toxins and stress are not being kept under control, the thyroid problem will remain and continue to need the medication. So this is like putting a bandaid on the thyroid, without actually addressing the cause of the thyroid problem or fixing it.

2/ In the alternative medicine world, there are many other solutions. There are natural remedies, and there are also general treatments to greatly minimize the inflammation, toxins and stress, so you never have to directly treat the thyroid, just the cause of the thyroid imbalance.

As discussed above, a main trigger for thyroid dysfunction is stress and the biggest emotional stressors for most people are emotional. The top 10 emotional stressors in the human life span relate to grief or loss such as divorce, loss of a loved one, death of a spouse, marital separation, retirement, loss of a job. Often these emotional stressors lead to physical illness within a couple years.

Therefore, effective thyroid treatment can be through emotional and spiritual healing, which contributes greatly to the body’s ability to stay strong and heal. For example, in Eastern Medicine, the area of the body where the thyroid gland is, relates to the human emotional need of communication. So looking at communication issues in one’s life can give much insight into contributing causes of the thyroid malfunction.

How to heal your thyroid holistically

For more guidance on how to heal your thyroid through emotional and spiritual wellness, diet and lifestyle choices, and alternative therapies, get yourself The Thyroid Sessions. We can’t recommend it highly enough for anyone struggling with thyroid problems.

Sean from Underground Wellness has compiled all 24 of his “Thyroid Sessions” into a user-friendly digital collection of thyroid-healing information that will put YOU in charge of your health.

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Get The Thyroid Sessions HERE (affiliate link helps Primal Health keep running and keeping you get healthy) 🙂

This article is our Primal Health notes from part of one of these amazing thyroid sessions interviews, where Sean interviews Dr. Dan Kalish. Dr. Kalish gives even more awesome detail about the thyroid home testing and emotional healing in his video interview (more than I could possibly type up here for you!), which is included in The Thyroid Sessions.

Dr. Dan Kalish   Dr. Dan Kalish, DC

– Founder of “The Kalish Method”
– Teaches medical doctors Functional Medicine

Do You Have a Leaky Gut? Knowing Could Save Your Health!

Do You Have Leaky Gut?

The term ‘leaky gut’ sounds disgusting and weird, yet more people are learning what it is because so many of us have it! It’s highly possible you do, too. I’ve been living pretty primal for about 7 years, and I’ve discovered I have a very leaky gut which is now starting to cause serious problems. Here’s what I’ve learned that you should know.

Do you have leaky gut?

What is Leaky Gut?

Leaky Gut is the short name for Gastrointestinal Mucosal Hyperpermeability, or Intestinal Permeability. Permeable means things can pass through, and in this case, we’re referring to things passing through the lining of your small intestine.

This lining has mucosal cells that cover the entire length of the small intestine (gastrointestinal tract). Normally these cells are very tightly ‘knit’ together, forming a sort of screen which nothing can pass through. With a leaky gut, microscopic gaps form between these cells, so that some large molecules can pass or ‘leak’ through the gut lining into the blood stream. Hence the name, leaky gut. Imagine a window screen with small holes in it where bugs can now enter through…

How does a Leaky Gut slowly ruin your health?

These large molecules that are now able to leak through the gut into the blood stream are things like partially digested food particles, bacteria, yeasts, and toxins. Yikes.

When these foreign things enter your blood stream, your body signals that there are invaders in the blood stream and starts fighting! Your liver starts working overtime to filter all the toxins and your immune system starts works tirelessly to quickly eliminate the invaders from the body. However, it’s often too much for them to fight against, and the invaders end up absorbing into different tissues, leading to inflammation throughout the body.

That inflammation leads to more immune response! Soon the immune system is too busy constantly fighting the invaders and responding to inflammation to do its usual jobs. Over time, the body ends up attacking its own tissues, leading to all sorts of autoimmune diseases such as chronic fatigue, chron’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, irritable bowel disease, type 1 diabetes, hashimoto’s disease and more.

Thanks to progressive doctors and health practitioners, we know now that our leaky guts are at the root of so many of our illnesses and disease, both physical AND mental. This includes autoimmune disorders, digestive disorders and mental disorders.

Food intolerances caused by a leaky gut

Another very common consequence of a leaky gut is numerous food intolerances. When partially digested food particles are able to leak through the lining of the small intestine into the blood stream, the body sees those foods as invaders, since they are somewhere in the body where they are not supposed to be. To fight the invaders, the body produces little fighting soldiers called antibodies to fight against those food particles.

The more you eat those foods, the more antibodies your body produces, and the more your immune system reacts when you eat those foods. This is why you may have eaten nuts, milk, wheat, eggs or other foods for many years with no problem, but then you suddenly start to have terrible symptoms when you eat them. Your body has become intolerant of those foods, and responds with diarrhea, rashes, fatigue, brain fog, muscle aches, or something else.

Leaky Gut Illustration from Delicious Obsessions.com
Found on Delicious Obsessions.com

What causes Leaky Gut?

The causes of leaky gut are numerous and often debated by experts, but commonly include:

Poor Diet – Regular consumption of refined sugars, flours and other processed foods leads to inflammation and dysbiosis (imbalance of good vs. bad gut bacteria) which leads to leaky gut.

Medications – Prescription drugs, birth control pills, and even over-the-counter pain medications such as tylenol, aspirin and panadol all cause irritation of the intestinal lining. Antibiotics are a huge offender as they kill bad bacteria, but also good bacteria, leading to dysbiosis (imbalance of good vs. bad gut bacteria) which leads to leaky gut.

Chronic Stress – When stress is constant, the immune system gets overworked and cannot keep the digestive system healthy and free from inflammation, which leads to leaky gut.

Yeast – When yeast grows out of control due to a poor diet, medications, stress, etc. it forms fungus (such as candida) that cling to the intestinal lining and create holes, causing leaks in the gut!

Inflammation – Anything that causes inflammation in the gut can cause it to become leaky. Common causes of gut inflammation include environmental toxins, yeast overgrowth, bacterial overgrowth, infections and parasites.

Do you have Leaky Gut?

First, look at the causes above and ask yourself if those things have been a part of your life. Second, here are some common symptoms of leaky gut. How many do you have?

Chronic diarrhea, constipation, irritable bowel – These are very common signs of an inflamed gut lining.

Skin rashes – Rashes, including eczema, are the result of your body trying to get rid of excess toxins through your skin.

Nutritional deficiencies – This is from your intestine’s inability to properly breakdown and absorb nutrients from food.

Food sensitivities/intolerances – As I said above, your system develops antibodies to food particles leaking through your gut, creating multiple food intolerances.

Regular sickness/infections – When your immune system is depressed and too busy fighting inflammation, it can’t do its usual job of fending off viruses and bacterias that cause common colds, flu and infections.

Sugar and carb cravings – These cravings are often caused by dysbiosis (bacteria imbalance), parasites and yeast overgrowth.

Headaches, brain fog and/or extreme fatigue – All the result of tissue inflammation and excess toxins.

Also – regular bloating, gas, anxiety, memory loss, depression, stubborn belly fat

Are you looking at all those causes and/or symptoms and nodding your head, getting concerned that indeed you think you do have leaky gut?

Well, I’m a bit excited for you! Because you are reading this, you may now know the cause of your ill health.

You may now be able to take control of your health and not only gradually eliminate your current symptoms, but prevent future autoimmune disorders, physical dysfunction, and debilitating disease!

What to do if you think you have Leaky Gut

Some of you may be motivated enough to start looking into healing your gut now on your own, using the internet and books as resources. But most of you will need confirmation of your leaky gut and some professional guidance, and I recommend this as the better way to go for complete recovery of your gut health.

Find the right health professional

I highly suggest finding a functional medicine/integrative medicine doctor, and/or a naturopath who has experience in healing gut disorders. The Mindd Foundation is a good place to start, as well as The Institute for Functional Medicine, or simply use google. Read some bios, make some phone calls, and choose a practitioner who knows all about guts and how to heal them.

Even though a gastrointestinal doctor may seem like the person to see, those doctors generally only specialise in diagnosing disease, but not healing it. They also don’t use functional diagnostic tests, which is what we need to discuss next…

Get tested

Although you may have enough symptoms for you and your chosen doctor to assume you have leaky gut, it may be beneficial for you to do an intestinal permeability test. This will confirm your leaky gut in your mind, and also tell you how bad the damage is. Ask your doctor for the test referral or kit.

The test is done at home. You drink a special sugar substance mixed in water in the morning, then collect your urine for the next 6 hours (in a very big bag!), and send in a small sample of the urine. If you have a leaky gut, the sugar substance you drank will show up in your urine in varying levels, depending on how leaky your gut is.

The next test that is extremely beneficial is a faecal microbial analysis, which is a fancy way to say they can analyse the bacterial content of your poo. This will tell exactly which bacterias and/or yeasts are overgrown or undergrown in your gut, so you know which is the best course of action for getting your bacteria back in balance. Otherwise, you could be taking probiotics for years and not getting any better because it’s the wrong bacteria! This is also a home test, which simply requires one stool sample.

These tests are not cheap, but in comparison to all the money you will save on trying to recover from illness and disease down the track, they are very good value in my opinion.

Leaky Gut Causes and Cures
Leaky Gut Causes and Cures
Pic found on completewellbeingsolutions.com

You can heal your Leaky Gut

I’ve been through all this myself, and am happy to say I am on the path to recovery. It’s a bit of a long path, but I realise that if it took this long to cause the damage, it’s going to take some patience to undo it. I’m looking for long-term results anyway, not a quick fix, as I want to be healthy in the long-term.

You, too, can heal your gut! It takes some dedication and commitment to your health and care of your body, but anyone can do it. Especially with some professional guidance and a positive attitude.

Here’s how I’m healing my leaky gut

If you’ve been unwell for a long time, or are tired of suffering from symptoms and can’t seem to find the underlying cause, it may be that you have a leaky gut. Just like me, you didn’t know the damage that you were doing to your body, and there’s no point in having regrets. The beauty is that now you can take all of your new knowledge of primal living and heal yourself! And we are here to support you all the way.

 

References:

Leaky Gut Syndrome in Plain English by SCD Lifestyle
Leaky Gut Syndrome by Nourish-ed

 

Do you think you have leaky gut? Is anything stopping you from taking the next steps toward healing your body?

Two Tests Rarely Used by Traditional Doctors: Live Blood Analysis and ElectroAcupunture

Live Blood Analysis - Recovery - Seven Point 2 - Dr Ranga Premaratna

Are you frustrated with all the doctor’s tests coming back as ‘normal’ even though you know there is something not right with your health? So many of us suffer with pain or illness for years because the doctors can’t find anything in their tests. Well suffer no more, because there are other tests out there which can be very effective at getting to the bottom of your health problems.

As you may have read in Bex’s article called ‘I Have a Parasite Called Dientomoeba Fragilis’, she had to take the next step in assessing her body with other types of doctors and tests, when our standard Primal questionnaires and the standard doctor’s blood tests weren’t helping. In this interview, Brad speaks at length with Dr. Ranga Premaratna about his unique holistic approach, and the two main tests he uses to get to the bottom of some of the nasty health issues that so many of us are suffering from.

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Note: This is a loose transcription of the video ‘Two Tests Rarely Used by Traditional Doctors: Live Blood Analysis and ElectroAcupunture ’

Brad: G’day Primal People! It is Brad Rasmus here again. Last time, you saw me I was half naked on a table getting a colonic hydrotherapy session. Today, I am fully clothed and I am in Mosman–a suburb of Sydney at a place called ‘World of Health‘ with Dr. Ranga Premaratna. He has a PhD in Food and Nutritional Science and about 30 years experience in the field of health. He’s also got 12 years experience in laboratory research as well, so he’s got a lot of experience here that I thought a lot of you guys would be interested in hearing about, with the different diagnostic tests that he actually does.

My attraction to Dr. Ranga is more through his unique holistic approach, where he has a blend of clinical nutritional medicine, as well as Ayurveda (the traditional medicine of India and its subcontinents) and energetic modalities that he uses like Reiki, meditation and Qigong. Like what I was saying before, he uses some pretty unique diagnostic tests to be able to work out some of the unique problems that we are all presenting with these days.

Two of these tests are called Hemaview (also know as: Live Blood Analysis or Dark Field Microscopy) and B.E.R.T.T. (also known as: Vega Testing or ElectroAcupuncture). We will explain more what it is about and what they mean in a second.

Dr. Ranga, thank you for having me here. I have been looking forward to this.

Question: What is an average day in your office, what types of clients do you see, their health issues, and the tests you perform and the prescriptions you write?

Dr Ranga: I see clients of all ages and different stages of health.  Generally, what I see is very high incidence of environmental toxicity, because we are living in a very toxic environment.  Most of the people we see or patients we see, have high levels of what I call ‘toxic burden’ which is an accumulation of environmental chemicals. My practice has kind of changed more and more into looking into this toxicity and how to detoxify and how to support the detoxification systems.

The instrumentations that I use, rather than a diagnostic, I call it more a bio-energetic assessment of the cellular health. B.E.R.T.T, which is a term that I created, is called ‘Bio-Energetic Response and Resonance Test’. What we do is we send a very small electrical signal to the acupuncture meridian because the acupuncture meridians have higher electrical conductors. We send the current to the acupuncture meridian, and then we challenge the cellular membrane or the electrical membrane potential because all of those function with the electricity. Then, if we get a response back and we get a certain value which is a 50,  that means that the intracellular environment and the extracellular environment are in good health. But if we get a response under 45, that shows chronic degenerative conditions. If it is over 55, it means all are functioning.  So, we get a very good range of 20 points, so that gives me a pattern of imbalances. That way we can address that particular pattern to correct it.

In addition to that, I look at blood and I call it Dark Field Microscopy which is a traditional laboratory technique that I have used in my medical laboratories. Now, we look at the blood through that technique where we can see the red blood cells and all the blood components very clearly in a live state. So, we look at it in a very thin layer and we can see the blood moving. We can see how sensitive the blood is to oxidative stress from chemicals, and bacterial or viral infections. So, a typical day is seeing clients who come with chronic degenerative conditions, allergies, chemical sensitivities, and fat is a very common problem. So, all can be related to this fundamental problem of oxidative stress.

Brad: So, these are the two main ways that you tend to test people.
Question: With a lot of people, are you prescribing them a combination of nutrition, supplementation, and different energetic work as well?

Dr Ranga: I always include energetic work. First of all, we know that the food is the foundation. If we do not have high quality food, non-toxic organic food, we are not building the right building blocks. So the foundation is the diet and we look at it either from the clinical nutritional point of view or Ayurvedic diet point of view based on the constitution or combination. Then, once that is done, we can look at what are the additional things that we can use as nutritional supplements to correct those imbalances. Sometimes, diet is not enough because the body has gone to a completely imbalanced state away from nature. So, we need to bring it back by adding something that can detoxify it.

Brad:
Question: Do you find that you are getting a lot more clients who are requiring more than just eating organic food to achieve homeostasis at least?

Dr Ranga:  Stress is a big problem. Emotional stress creates free radical damage. So, that is where the mental mind-body part comes in. So, I look at the body first, then I do a little bit of short Reiki treatment or short guided meditation to get them to experience what is it to be relaxed and what is it to have some piece of mind.

Brad:
Question: With these assessments, is it possible to see instant results under the microscope or B.E.R.R.T., with food, liquid, supplementation and/or energetic work?

Dr Ranga: Yes, in energetic work or healing work, you might see results but it might take two or three sessions, it may not be immediate. What I have seen as an immediate effect is with molecular hydrogen that in 2 minutes you can see if the blood is sensitive. If it is oxidized, you can see an effect immediately. Other things might take a bit longer.

Brad: What is the validity of both these techniques and the accuracy of them?

Dr Ranga: Well, this has been based on my professional experience for the last 20 years. I had very good results and reproducible results and because I come from a laboratory research background, I use as much as possible, techniques that can prevent any artificial damage to the cells. Few studies have been done with these kinds of instruments (B.E.R.R.T. / Vega Testing) developed by Dr. Reinhard Voll, a German doctor with B.E.R.T.T or Vega testing which is both similar in using the same kind of technology.

Brad:
Question: So B.E.R.T.T or Vega, was specifically made originally to quantify Chinese meridian lines?

Dr. Ranga: Yes, exactly. It is possible to detect any electrical activity in those lines. Dr. Voll has also identified meridians that are not found in the traditional Chinese medicine.

Brad: Yes, because you said that you have the possibility to be looking at 20 organ systems.

Dr Ranga: Small meridians, that are sensitive to heavy metals, chemicals, and skin—those were not found in the storage sites like fatty tissue. So, it is very useful for a practitioner.

Brad:
Question: If someone outside of Sydney was interested in trying ElectroAcupuncture or Live Blood Analysis, who would they contact?

Dr. Ranga: I am a member of the Institute of Functional Medicine. They are not like a governing body but this institute does a lot of research and they would have functional medical practitioners that they could refer.

Testing B.E.R.R.T. / Vega testing / ElectroAcupuncture

Brad: Alright, so we are going to currently use the Vega Testing or B.E.R.T.T. So, what is that doing here? (referring to a metal rod I’m holding)

Dr. Ranga: That is you becoming part of the circuit.  So what I am doing first, is to show normal skin conductance. If you look at the skin, you can see a low tone, and your reading is 25. I cannot push any further as much as I can so that stops there. So, that is the level of conductance on normal skin.

Lots of low level chatting whilst lots of beeping from the machine goes on!  Refer to Brad’s results below. ’50’ is a normal baseline reading:

Live Blood Analysis and ElectroAcupunture
‘Brad’s results using ElectroAcupuncture / Vega Testing / BERRT’

Testing Live Blood Analysis / Dark Field Microscopy

Dr Ranga pricks my finger to obtain blood. Then we view my blood…

Dr Ranga: So, normally red blood cells are well separated but we see two things: one is that ring inside (referring to inside the Red Blood Cell) which is the oxidation of the haemoglobin, so it becomes dense and the light is refracted more. The problem is the aggregation of the cells is clumping, so we see maybe medium level of aggregation. When the cells clumped like that, that means reduced surface area for the oxygen to penetrate and for nutrients to come in. We can see quite a bit of debris around like red blood cells rupturing and it could be some kind of infection—it could be a parasitic infection or white blood cells / neutrophils have been working hard or rupturing. It could be some level of uric acid being released when you see these orange-y crystals.

Brad: So, we are going to try the supplement out now which is what Dr Ranga was talking about. It is a supplement called the molecular hydrogen, and then we are going to retest it using the Live Blood Analysis.

Live Blood Analysis and ElectroAcupuncture
‘Brad’s blood the first time under the microscope!’
Recovery with Hydro FX - Seven Point 2 - Molecular Hydrogen
Recovery with Hydro FX made by a company called SevenPoint2. An anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant mineral complex’
Live Blood Analysis and ElectroAcupuncture
‘Brad’s blood several minutes later after taking Recovery with Hydro FX!! Incredible’

Okay, so now we put my second blood drop underneath the microscope and we can see what molecular hydrogen has done for us. Learn more about the molecular hydrogen ‘Recovery’ supplement.

Dr Ranga:
How about that?

Brad: Oh my god!

Dr Ranga:  Right away we can see the difference. I have tested over 400 people now. You can see the flexibility of the cells now  squeezing through, and the annular size in the middle…

Brad: Holy s&*t! … What is that?

Dr Ranga: That is a white blood cell.

Brad: Oh, my gosh!

Dr Ranga: They become expanded. This is beautiful. I love to see this!

Brad: They are huge. That is phenomenal. That looks like a different person (a different person’s blood). I don;t feel any different though…

Dr Ranga: No. But if you are going to do some training now, you might probably do it 20% more. Now, the cells can absorb all the oxygen and they have that energy.

Brad: Wow! Time for some PB’s today at the gym! That looks completely different.

Dr Ranga: Yes, there are a lot of cells but they are not aggregated.

Brad: Geez! Just from those few tablets (4).

Dr Ranga: That is why I have never seen anything like that for 35 years in Food and Nutritional Science.

Brad: That is amazing! At least, through Live Blood Analysis, you can see pretty instant results just by taking this particular supplement (Recovery). This is the one he wanted to show because it is pretty amazing with what it does. Do you have access to any other videos to what you have done to meditation, organic or non-organic food, or something like that?

Dr Ranga: No, but that was a good idea. I have not done that but it is a good thing to try to see how the food affects the body because that is the basic foundation, and it is something that I am doing.

Brad: I think that could be a good project to do. Thank you so much for letting me try this out. This is really interesting. So guys if you are living in Sydney and are interested in doing something like this, then contact Dr. Ranga at World of Health, Mosman. Else, if you live overseas especially in America and especially in the Middle East, there is a lot of people that…

Dr Ranga: If they contact me, I can find the right practitioner.

Brad: There you go, if you come, Dr Ranga will be able to help out. Thank you very much.

Note:
We at Primal Health are huge believers in getting the nutrition you need from real whole organic food first, supplements second. Since doing this experiment with Dr. Ranga, my tune has certainly changed about the power of natural supplements.  I have been using ‘Recovery’ now for several weeks since doing this and definately feel a difference espeically in the energy I have whilst working out and duration I can train for. We are now distributors for Seven Point 2 products. Should you wish to buy Recovery and buy it through this link you will be supporting Primal Health.

Have you ever tried Live Blood Analysis or ElectroAcupuncture? Tell us about your experience in the comments.

 

11 Natural Ways to Eliminate a Flu in 24 Hours

11 Natural Ways to Eliminate a Flu in 24 Hours

Most of us spend flu days staring at the TV, eating snacks, and taking medicines to lessen our symptoms. Unfortunately, this is not a good recipe for getting well again. Yes, it’s great to get the day off, but if you are really sick with the flu and feeling awful, all you want is to feel better. And fast.

11 Natural Ways to Eliminate a Flu in 24 Hours

Last month I came down with the worst flu I’ve had in 10 years. Chills, fever, mind fog, extreme fatigue, muscle and joint aches, headache…the works. Yes, it was December and I could have blamed it on the ‘flu season’ and felt sorry for myself. But I know better than that.

I know that the only time that we get colds and flu is when our immune system is depressed and can’t fight off the usual bugs that are always around us. And there are plenty of factors that depress the immune system in the ‘flu seasons’: over-scheduling; over-planning; family stress; party anxieties; holiday junk food; alcohol; decreased sleep, minimal rest and extreme temperatures.

If and when you do get sick, understand that it was your choices and your current lifestyle that caused it. Don’t be hard on yourself, just take responsibility and recognise that your health is in your own hands. Then you will also realise that YOU are the one who can get yourself well again.

Yes, it takes a little more effort than staring at the TV, but it’s not hard. Getting well is mostly quite enjoyable, actually. And you’ll be feeling back to your healthy self tomorrow. Here are 11 natural ways to get rid of a flu in 24 hours or less.

These first few are easy because you don’t actually have to do anything. Your body already knows what to do; you just have to let it!

Run a Fever

A fever is your body’s natural response for fighting an infection (whether bacterial or viral). The fever is actually a good sign, as it shows that your immune system is doing its job of warding off the illness to get you well again.

Therefore, taking medications to decrease your fever is actually working against your own body! This is often what prolongs illness and makes it so hard to get well quickly. So put down those pills and let the fever run its course. A fever might be uncomfortable and hot, with intermittent chills, but it’s crucial to fighting your flu, so let it do it’s thing.

If your fever is extremely high, or you are concerned about a child’s fever, learn more about when medical care is needed.

Sleep

Once again, your body knows what it needs to get well. That’s why you feel so tired when you have the flu, because your body wants you to go to sleep! Sleep time is when our body grows, repairs and heals. If you have the flu, you need lots of healing and repairing, hence you need lots of sleep.

If you stare at the TV or computer all day, you will thwart your body’s efforts to drift into restorative sleep. So get away from screens as much as possible, keep the lights low, stay in bed and provide a restful sleep environment throughout the day and night. What an enjoyable way to get well!

Be Idle

In between sleeping, do as little as possible. I know it’s really hard for most of us to do “nothing”, but that’s often one of the reasons we get sick in the first place! Both your mind and your body must rest, rest, rest.

Watching television doesn’t allow your mind much rest, so again, don’t lie in front of the TV all day. Space out, daydream, watch your family from a distance, give yourself a face massage or arm tickle. Lie down outside and stare at the trees and clouds.

Meditate

Even if you’re lying down all day, if your mind is still running amuck, your body can’t fully relax. One way to help with this is meditation, which is not only relaxing, but also extremely healing.

Even if you’ve never meditated before, you can do it now. Brad can guide you through a meditative session in his video, ‘Meditation Made Simple‘, and if you’re well enough to stand, try his ‘Qi Gong and Tai Chi’ video. I also love these free guided meditations, which I listened to when I was sick.

Drink

No, not the sort of drinking you did last weekend that contributed to your flu. I’m talking about drinking that liquid gold stuff that you maybe didn’t have enough of lately. Water! Drink it like it’s the best thing you ever tasted and you can’t get enough of it.

Keep a giant jug (pitcher) of water and a glass beside you and drink more water than you thought you could handle. Think of it as your medicine, because it is.

Nourish

Your other main medicine is food. I mean real, whole, organic, nutritious food. I know you have the flu and you’re tired, but when you eventually reach for something to eat, make it incredibly nutritious.

Avoid packaged snacks, processed foods and sugar like they are the plague.They will only depress your immune system further and make your flu worse.

Fresh fruit and raw vegetables require the least preparation and plenty of nourishment. When you get enough energy, make yourself some eggs or quickly pan-fry some chicken or fish. Better yet, get someone to cook a nourishing meal for you.

Use nourishing foods to eliminate flu
Add these to your nourishing meals to eliminate flu

Eat Less, Then More

I hear ya. Sometimes when the flu is really bad, the last thing you want to do is eat. And that’s your wise body again, telling you that it needs a rest from digesting, which is hard work. So listen to your body and eat less or not much for awhile.

Then, when you start to feel better, you may want to eat more than usual, to replenish your body with vitamins, enzymes and other nutrients that will keep that flu from hanging around.

Increase Bacteria

In addition to your nourishing foods, a healthy dose of good bacteria will really power up the leader of your immune system – your gut. When you have plenty of good bugs in your system, they stand strong against the bad bugs taking over. Like that nasty flu you’ve got.

You can drink kombucha or kefir, or eat unpasteurised fermented foods. But if you haven’t made these or know where to buy them, a good quality probiotic supplement will do. We use and highly recommend InLiven, but if you need something right away, ask for a recommendation at your local health food shop. (affiliate link for InLiven helps keep Primal Health running)

Sun Bake

Yes, you heard me right. Once you are well enough to get out of bed, go sit or lie in the sun for about 30 minutes (depending on your skin colour). If it’s warm enough, let your skin be exposed to the sun as much as possible, and don’t wear sunglasses or sunscreen. This is so you can get as much Vitamin D as possible, from the best source of it, the sun.

Vitamin D is responsible for an amazing number of functions in our body. The lack of it we have today from living and working indoors, and other diet and lifestyle factors, is one key factor in our huge rates of illness. If you want to get rid of your flu fast, this is an important part of the formula.

When I had the flu, I took a blanket and pillow outside and laid in a sunny spot on the grass, feeling the wind and the sun’s warmth and looking up at the clouds and trees. It was healing in so many ways.

Oil Up

No, I don’t mean suntan oil while you are getting your sun. I’m referring to essential oils, an often overlooked yet very effective healing modality. When our daughter Kaiya is sick, essential oils get her feeling better quick, and they are easy and pleasant for all of us to use.

Essential oils will help with your flu symptoms and also act as anti-virals and anti-microbials to fight the illness. Put three drops of eucalyptus, oregano, peppermint or lavender oil into one tablespoon of olive oil or coconut oil, then rub the oil mixture onto your chest, neck and/or bottom of your feet every 4-6 hours or so.

Laughter & Love

I’m serious about this. Stop being so serious! Whoever said laughter was the best medicine was onto something. Thoughts are #1 of the Primal 6 to optimal health, so if you want to get over the flu, get your mind feeling relaxed, loved and happy.

Once you’ve gotten plenty of rest and sleep, watch one short funny show or movie. Read a funny book. Tell jokes or make funny faces with your family. Call the people you love and tell them you love them. And get lots of hugs and touching from those you are closest to.

Different tools for different flus

Every single body is different, and every illness is different, so there is no one magic formula for getting over the flu. But there are plenty of primal tools that we can use to assist our body is eliminating the flu and gaining strong immunity again, and these 11 things are what worked for me when I had a terrible flu last month.

I also gargled with very warm salt water several times a day, as my throat was so inflamed, I felt like I was swallowing razor blades. My intense flu symptoms started the afternoon of Christmas Day, and by early evening the next day, I was feeling very well again, had no sore throat, and was ready to go to work (at my relaxing bookstore job) the following day. That’s because I spent those 24 hours taking care of myself with these 11 natural remedies.

I hope you feel better soon!

 

Did you get rid of your flu quickly? Which of these remedies did you use?

My Ugly Rosacea Face Rash is Making Me a Better Person

My Ugly Rosacea Face Rash is Making Me A Better Person

I’ve always been confident about my looks, my health, and my ability to get what I want. Then I got The Face Rash. For over a year now, I have had this splotchy red rashy thing across the inside of my cheeks, my nose, forehead and chin. And I’m so grateful. Here’s why…

What I learned from My Face Rash

We’ve all heard the phrase “learn from your mistakes”. Our adversities in life can be our biggest teachers – whether they are mistakes, unexpected hardships, ill-fortune, loss or disease. However, it’s up to us to look for the lessons in these things, after we are done with the crying and cursing and self-pitying, of course. 🙂

Well, that exactly how it is with The Face Rash. For months it stressed me to no end – not knowing where it came from or what was wrong with my health, hating the way I looked, not being able to get rid of it, and feeling a failure as a health coach. But gradually I started to notice the lessons. And now, wow, what life-changing lessons they have been!

Here’s what The Face Rash has taught me:

Let go of control and go with the flow

You may be surprised about this lesson, but it’s probably the most important one for me and has changed my life the most.

As usual, whenever I have symptoms of ill health, I immediately look to my Primal 6, and #1 is thoughts. So the first person I went to see about my rash was my intuitive healer. Yes, I have an intuitive healer! This wonderful woman has taught me so much about the power of our thoughts on our health, so I went to her for a session.

I noticed a definite theme in what she said. “Left brain is controlling/dominating; the right brain is screaming to be heard…” “masculine side is taking over; you are weighed down by feeling you have to be strong for everyone else” “lack of trust in the universe, the system, etc. – feel like you have to control it”.

Around the same time, Kaiya (then 3), started having uncharacteristic angry outbursts and constant power struggles with me. My faithful parenting book suggested that children who engage in power struggles learn to battle for control from having a controlling parent. Umm, that would be me.

Then the clincher was a friend telling me that in a Louise Hay’s book she was reading, she learned that skin problems have to do with trying to control everything in your life too much. Ok, ok, I got it.

I started meditating, envisioning that every breath out of me was “letting go of control” and every breath in was “going with the flow”. I wrote the word FLOW everywhere. I made an effort to stop micro-managing my household and my family; to ask more for other’s ideas and input; to admit that I didn’t have all the answers; to accept flaws in my family; to stop over-scheduling life.

Kaiya’s power struggles disappeared as she didn’t have anyone to struggle against. Brad and I communicated better. Even my relationship with my mum flourished. I became more relaxed. And things always seemed to work out better when I didn’t try so hard to make it what I thought I wanted.

Did the rash go away? No.

Did my relationships, my family, my attitude and my life improve? Yes!

Thanks Face Rash.

Letting go of some vanity is so freeing

My whole life people have complimented me on my skin, and I have never worn makeup (except mascara and occasional lipstick). As The Rash got redder and flaky and bumpy, even people I didn’t know asked me, “What’s that on your face?”

I pretended like it didn’t bother me, telling myself, “Well at least I’m not single and don’t go out socialising much.” But normally I would be excited for the occasional party, and instead I started dreading them because of my face rash. Instead of jumping into pictures, I always offered to be the picture taker. I stared at my rash in the bathroom mirror several times a day. And I stared too long at everyone else’s clear, beautiful skin.

But then I remembered how freeing it was as a backpacker to wear frumpy clothes, no mascara and never style my hair. I reflected on the times when bad hair days, extra body weight, fashion and pimples stressed me out unnecessarily. Vanity is really just a mind-set, so I decided to change mine.

I decided to stop the chore of plucking my unruly eyebrows, and even stopped washing my hair for about 4 months (but that’s another story, coming soon). I got more comfortable with just being me, unvarnished, rash and all.

I also realised that as long as I was with friends that I was really comfortable with, I never thought about the rash, so why not spend more time with those people, than with people I felt I had to impress?

Did the rash go away? No.

Did I learn to let go of some of my lifetime of vanity programming? Yes!

Thanks Face Rash.

Health is a journey, not a destination

A chronic rash was especially surprising to me and those who know me, because I’m a health coach and health is my passion. I have  “figured out” all the secrets to optimum health and therefore should be in perfect health for the rest of my life. Right? Nope.

After 6 years of living Primally and feeling and looking the best I have in my life, here comes The Rash. Ok, I must be slacking on one or two of my Primal 6. So I work on them all year and still have the rash. Hmm, I think…

How can I be a role model for good health when I can’t figure out my own health?

However, over time, I realise that health is not something we arrive it. It is a fluid, ever-changing part of our lives that is so complex and holistic in nature, that to aim to “achieve” it is like aiming for perfection. What a revelation! In life, the goal is not to be perfect, but to be constantly growing and evolving. And so it is with health.

My health journey over the year also taught me so much about all the amazing health practitioners there are out there. I’ve consulted an iridologist, a homeopath, an intuitive healer, an applied kinesiologist and chiropractor, a nutritionist, a naturopath, a food intolerance test, a colonic hydrotherapist, a general practice doctor, and a functional medicine doctor. I learned from books, videos and articles all about fungus, gluten, digestion, gut disorders, food intolerances, parasites, rashes, automimmune diseases, and diagnostic testing.

Has the rash gone away? No.

Have I been on an informative and enlightening health journey that will also help me be a better health coach? Yes.

Thanks Face Rash.

Some hurts take years to heal

This last lesson is one that I had already been learning through my sessions with the aforementioned amazing intuitive healer. It’s incredible to learn how emotional pain can stay in the subconscious mind for decades, causing physical pain and illness long after your conscious mind has forgotten the experience.

Well, I’m now learning more about how physical damage can take years to heal, too.  Does time heal all wounds? Maybe not on it’s own, but it’s definitely a key component of the healing process.

If I had been in a rush to clear up this rash, I would have gone to a dermatologist and just put some cream on it. I would have covered it with make up.

And then I would have never found out that I have a very leaky gut (READ: damaged small intestine wall), a dientamoeba parasite the lab finally found, and a high intolerance to gluten.

I am treating the parasite now, but my poor gut still has a lot of healing to do. And it’s going to take time. But what’s another year of nurturing and learning about my body and myself?

Is the rash gone yet? No.

Have I learned the sources of my body’s imbalances and how to begin healing the damage? Yes.

Thanks Face Rash.

Rash UPDATE End of December 2013:

After taking antibiotics for the parasite, not only did I test negative for the parasite, but my ugly rosacea face rash completely cleared up from my whole face. Almostly instantly! Was the parasite the cause of my rash? Or does Rosacea just respond well to antibiotics? Hmmm…

I could look back and say it would have been nice to have just tested for parasites in the beginning, but then I wouldn’t have learned all I did. And after so long with that rash, I can’t stop marveling at how nice I look without it. I’d forgotten what I’d looked like before, and now I really appreciate my nice skin.

I’m now working on healing the damage to my intestines. Here’s how I’m healing my leaky gut and how you can heal yourself of most anything.

Rash UPDATE December 2014:

We have been traveling around the world for 7 months, and my gut healing protocol got left somewhere along the way, as I delved into all the amazing foods of the world. It wasn’t until the 5th month, after 4 weeks in Mexico eating lots of corn (one of my gut irritants), that The Rash came back. Boo! Its looking pretty red and inflamed.

My first thought was that the parasite must be back. I started looking into parasites again and learned so much more! I realised that parasites are always present within us, and it’s only when our guts are out of balance that they start to flourish and cause problems. Instead of eliminating parasites, my aim should be to keep my gut, health and body in balance!

I’ve decided to wear a little light make up to cover The Rash, which helps me feel way less stressed about, as I know stress contributes to my digestive issues! And I’m turning my focus to balancing, rather than curing.

Rash UPDATE January 2017:

I’ve written a second article about what’s happened with The Rash over the last 2 years. You won’t want to miss it, as there’s been Big changes and Big learnings! And wait til you see my face pictures. Hope it may help you with your own Rash.

My Ugly Rosacea Face Rash – Learnings Part 2

 

Please feel free to comment below with any questions! I do this to help others and that includes you. xo

I Have a Parasite Called Dientamoeba Fragilis

I Have a Parasite Called Dientamoeba Fragilis

This may shock you if you think that a primal mama like me is too healthy for a parasite. For me it’s a bit exciting because it finally helps to explain the excess weight loss and facial rash I’ve had for a year. It’s time to tell you all about what a strange year it has been… Histopath lab test positive result for Dientamoeba Fragilis parasite

It started with a rash

Well, really, I had plenty of digestive issues before the rash, but I had gotten quite used to the bloating, gas and occassional cramping and constipation, that I thought it was just a result of certain foods not agreeing with me. I could never seem to pinpoint which food it was though, and the bloating was getting more frequent. Then the dry pink rash spread across my cheeks. This splotchy, blemished and flaky rash developed on the inside of my cheeks near my nose. My forehead was also covered in blemishes for months, which later moved to the chin, along with some dry flakiness and pimples around the edge of my face near the hair line. Occasionally my lips get inflamed and seriously cracked around the edges. The rash sometimes looks much better and other times gets really inflamed, dry and red, though I can’t pinpoint what sets it off. My own research tells me the rash is called Rosacea, but giving it a name doesn’t help, as no one has officially determined what causes Rosacea.

I wrote about all the things that ugly rosacea rash taught me about life and myself.

Then I started getting way too skinny

I currently weigh 48 kg (105 lbs.), and can see bones protuding from me everywhere. After developing a primal diet and lifestyle, my weight didn’t fluctuate for 6 years. Even living 80/20, with the occassional ice creams, samosas and beers, I remained a healthy 55 kg (121 lbs). I only knew my weight because I donate blood regularly and they weigh you, but suddenly my clothes were falling off me and I could see my breastbones and shoulder blades sticking out in pictures. Then I saw the numbers on the scale decreasing…

Searching for the cause

Are you wondering why I don’t just get some cream to clear up my rash? Well if I did that, I would look better, but I wouldn’t know the cause of the rash, and if that cause was still damaging my insides. The rash is the main signal from my body that all is still not well. Despite my very hearty primal diet of organic meat, fruit and vegetables, I can not seem to gain back my weight. This is with no intense exercise. So for over a year, I have been fine-tuning my Primal 6, seeing many different health practitioners, taking herbs, vitamins and supplements, trying different anti-fungal protocols, and testing for and eliminating intolerance foods. None of these things eliminated the rash, stopped the weight loss, or gave indication of the cause. Yes, I am learning so much about health and myself from all of it…but I’ll get to that later.

Blood tests don’t tell much…

So far my blood tests were all pretty ‘normal’, except for high probability of celiac disease. However, I hadn’t been eating gluten for a long time (except on occassion). Though I knew that my prior gluten-filled diet had surely caused intestinal damage (and I will tell you lots more about that later too), there was something else going on. I heavily researched all of the integrative medicine doctors in Sydney and chose one with extensive experience in digestive diseases and functional diagnostic medicine. Functional diagnostics is a growing field of modern medicine which uses detailed lab work to identify the specific malfunctions in the body (causes), then a holistic approach to begin healing (rather than just treating symptoms).

I have a parasite!

After collecting numerous samples of my poo, it turns out I have a parasite living in my bowel. It’s called Dientamoeba Fragilis, and it may have been living in me, with little to no symptoms, for years. Yes, years! It is a common parasite that causes digestive distress and other health issues for many people but is dismissed as Irritable Bowel Syndrome and rarely tested for. This parasite, along with gluten, has been suppressing my levels of  intestinal flora (good bacteria) and damaging my intestinal lining. The Center for Digestive Diseases says:

“Dientamoeba fragilis (D. fragilis) and Blastocystis hominis (B. hominis) are parasites which can at times infect the human digestive tract. Many of those infected are asymptomatic carriers. These parasites can, however, be associated with a range of gastrointestinal symptoms including diarrhoea/constipation, mushy stools, abdominal discomfort, bloating, gas and pain. Other symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, headaches, dizziness, weight-loss, chronic fatigue, depression, low-grade fever, bloody stools and anal itching. D. fragilis has also been implicated in some cases of indeterminate colitis. Many patients may suffer for years before proper diagnosis is made and are often misdiagnosed as having Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).”

Was it something in the water?

Where I got the parasite is anyone’s guess. It is commonly transmitted in bad water, fecal matter and possibly via threadworms (pinworms), all of which I have been around at some point. Especially plenty of fecal matter in the last few years, being the mother of a 4-year-old. 🙂 Many people think you only get parasites from developing countries, but interestingly, parasites like Dientamoeba are very common in the U.S. and Australia. Personally, I travelled extensively in third-world countries, but it wasn’t until I arrived in Sydney, Australia in 2001 that I got Giardia from the tap water. But again, there’s no telling where I got the parasite, and maybe it really doesn’t matter.

Killing the parasite with drugs

Unfortunately, I was told that this parasite is extremely difficult to treat effectively through natural methods of eradication, which would have been my preference. The use of antibiotics is gut-damaging in itself, and we aim to only use them as a very last resort, which I talked about in my antibiotics article. However, the good news is that The Center for Digestive Diseases recommends a very pure antibiotic called Secnidazole (which I had to special order from a compounding chemist) which, in conjuction with another antibiotic Doxycycline, should eradicate this sucker from my gut in 10 days. I might feel terrible for a week as the parasite dies-off, but I am optimistic about my health steadily improving afterwards. I will keep you posted!

If you suspect you have a parasite

It’s best to learn as much as you can about them from experts. Paul Chek in particular is a wealth of knowledge on the subject. We highly recommend purchasing this his program called Healing Fungal and Parasite Infections“.

Even better, find a good integrative medicine doctor who uses functional diagnostics and proper testing, so you can get to the bottom of your own personal health issues. However, any doctor can refer you for the tests.

Just make sure you ask for the right test… A run-of-the-mill stool sample is not sufficient for detecting certain parasites, as the parasite doesn’t show up in every poo AND dies off easy if the poo is not preserved. For the test, you must collect poo samples from three days and keep in jars with a special liquid preservative. Your doctor will give you a testing kit and/or refer you to a pathologist (we used Histopath in Australia) to send your samples. In Australia, this test is bulk-billed through Medicare – FREE!

Angela of Natureglow had a very similar experience this year, and there are numerous helpful comments below this great article on her experience with D. Fragilis.

Resources and more information on Dientamoeba Fragilis:

Center for Disease Control – Dientamoeba FAQs
Center for Digestive Diseases – Parasites Emedicine – D. Fragilis Parasite Overview
‘Parasites Linked to Sewage Fertiliser as Stomach Bug Grips Sydney’ – The Daily Telegraph
A Gut-Full of Parasites – My Experience with Dientamoeba Fragilis
The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene – Detection & Transmission of Dientamoeba Fragilis

My Parasite UPDATE:

After 10 days of taking the antibiotics, I waited one month for full parasite ‘evacuation’ from my body, then did the parasite stool sample test again…and tested NEGATIVE for Dientamoeba Fragilis. AND while I was still taking the antibiotics to get rid of the parasite, the ugly rosacea rash on my face completely disappeared! So phase one of my healing finished – parasite eliminated – I am now onto phase two, which is healing my leaky gut.

 UPDATE #2: Just over 1 year later

During 7 months of overseas travel, I got pretty lazy with my gut healing protocol and primal diet. By the 6th month, a smaller version of the face rash was back, and the bloating and other random symptoms have returned. Is the D. Fragilis back?

For now, I’m not sure that matters. What matters is that my body is telling me to get back to my primal ways which nourish and heal my body! My perspective on parasites is changing, in part due to an amazing visit we had with Dr. Amin, a parasitologist in Scottsdale, AZ, U.S.A. Here’s everything we learned about parasites, and what we are taking for our parasites now:

Parasites 101 – my sequel to this article!

Have you ever had a parasite or suspect you may have one?

Antibiotics & Our Kids – Helping or Harming?

Antibiotics and Our Kids - Helping or Harming?

If you thought we were a family of perfect health all the time, all our lives, I hate to burst your bubble. Truth is, we are humans, living in a very un-primal world. Especially in the first 25 years of our lives, Brad and I had our share of junk food, processed food, late nights, alcohol, tap water, illness, antibiotics and other pharmaceutical drugs.

Antibiotics and Our Kids - Helping or Hurting?

With our daughter Kaiya, however, we feel we’ve had a chance to get it right from the beginning. We get such proud parent feelings from having a child who at 4 years old loves organic meat and veggies, gets to bed early and sleeps well, drinks nothing but water (and primal shakes!), is a nature lover, keeps a happiness journal, and has hardly ever been sick.

So we were in for a big lesson recently, when Kaiya got a staff infection that required antibiotics.  The only time she had ever been to the doctor was when she was 1 year old and had conjunctivitis in her eye, which healed with time, and eye drops of my breast milk.

Our good health, and faith in the body healing itself are the main reasons for our lack of doctor visits. Yes, we also have an aversion to drugs and doctors that love prescribing them, but understand that medical drugs have a purpose too.

Antibiotics are a problem when overused, and sadly, antibiotic overuse is rampant, with doctors prescribing them for everything, including viral infections which heal on their own with time and care.

At 4 years old, this was Kaiya’s second time to a doctor. Some nasty looking yellow crusts had slowly been growing on the corners of her mouth over the week, and though it wasn’t bothering her or making her sick, it got so bad-looking that a friend suggested we go to the doctor. As soon as the doctor looked at Kaiya, she knew that the golden crusts were a staff infection called Impetigo, which is highly contagious and treated easily with antibiotics. Two minutes later, we had a prescription in our hand and were off to the chemist (pharmacist, for my fellow Americans). It all happened so fast that I didn’t even think to ask any more questions.

What’s in the pink drink?

It wasn’t until the chemist put the bottle of bubblegum-pink liquid on the counter that I started to back pedal.

“Why is it pink?” I asked.

“Oh, I don’t know. All the kids ones are pink,” the chemist answered.

Hmm. “Well, what’s in it? How does it get pink and liquid? What else is in it besides the antibiotic?” I pressed.

“Why? Does your daughter have any allergies? It’s liquid because we add distilled water to the powder,” the chemist replied.

“No allergies,” I said. “We just like to know what we are ingesting.”

“Hmm, I don’t know what’s in the powder,” the chemist said. “I guess I could try to print off a copy of the drug fact sheet for you.”

The chemist’s puzzled reaction made it clear to me that no one had ever asked these questions before. She and her colleagues seemed to think I was a bit strange, but they graciously printed me off some information.

Ibilex (powder for oral suspension)
– Cephalexin (monohydrate): this is the drug, which has a long list of rare side effects
– Sucrose: this is sugar
– Imitation guarana flavour: artificial flavouring
– Powder for reconstitution: what powder?
– Gluten-free: so is cocaine…

Despite the weird ingredient list that didn’t seem complete anyway, I shrugged and got on with the dosages. The smell of the pink medicine took me back to my childhood, and Kaiya found it so delicious, she couldn’t wait for medicine time every day. Her mouth crusts cleared up after several days, and the contagious infection forced us to stay home together all week, which gave us lots of much-needed nurturing time together.

Antibiotics kill the bad…and the good

However, I still didn’t like the fact that Kaiya was taking antibiotics, knowing that the good bacteria in her digestive system were facing a mass genocide. I had been learning from my research that it only takes a couple rounds of antibiotics to initiate leaky gut syndrome (intestinal permeability) from the dysbiosis (imbalance of good and bad bacteria), and was feeling a bit guilty for not looking into other options to clear the infection.

We gave Kaiya plenty of InLiven Probiotics, homemade kefir, and kombucha from our farmer’s market. She learned that the medicine kills the bad bugs, but also the good bugs, so we have to get some more good bugs in our tummy with these probiotics and fermented foods.

Are there alternatives to antibiotics?

As I was telling my mummy mentor friend about this, she told me that she, too, had a staff infection. And the infection cleared up completely with herbs from her homeopath! So I could have given herbs to Kaiya instead of antibiotics! No proud mummy feelings now. 🙁

I realised that though I know a lot about health, I don’t know a lot about sickness.

I didn’t have the knowledge or experience to do anything but follow the doctor’s orders to medicate, even though there are alternatives that carry much less risk to the whole body.

What I can do now, however, is learn from my experience. Now, I will be prepared with some knowledge and resources that give us options when Kaiya is sick or has an infection. I will visit the homeopath while we are healthy, so I will know what to do if we are sick.

My friend suggested that with something like an infection, it’s a good idea to visit the doctor first to find out what it is, then visit the homeopath to get some herbs for it. Because doctors know sickness. That is what they are trained for: knowing all about different types of illness, how to identify the illness, and how to treat it with medication. We are very grateful for modern medicine and doctors that can get us out of pain, injury and illness when the body can’t heal itself, or drugs are the only way.

However, when our immune system is simply a bit low, we have a viral infection, or our injuries are minor, we first go back to our Primal 6 and help the body heal itself. And with some illnesses and bacterial infections, homeopathics and natural remedies can be marvelous healers, without killing off our gut flora and encouraging further disease. Here’s an example of avoiding antibiotics from Whole New Mom, who treated her child’s ear infection, fever and pain without using antibiotics.

Just as with health, sickness is about balance and intuition. Gather knowledge, have resources, know your options. Our children’s health depends on it.

 

Have you ever found a way to avoid giving your kids antibiotics when they were sick?