I thought I had been fighting a little cough and cold, but I'm starting to think I've had that long lasting respiratory virus that others on this website have been writing about. Every time I thought I had it conquered, it changed form or moved to a different part of my body. I haven't felt as bad as the people who have been writing. No fever, aches, or fatigue. But it's hung on for more than two weeks!
Over the weekend part of my face got red and sore. Two lymph glands in my neck were swollen and tender. I realized I had a secondary sinus infection. I thought, "If I can't get this under control in 48 hours, I'll be on antibiotics."
I hit it with a three-pronged attack: physical, nutritional, and medical. I bought a neti pot, and began rinsing my sinuses with warm salt water. I've combined elements from anti-bacterial, pulmonary and sinus protocols: astragalas, nettle, bladderwrack, Noni fruit, plus extra C and extra probiotic. I've also taken a hefty dose of guaifenesin.
This morning I seemed to turn a corner, and I've steadily improved all day. The lymph glands are back to normal size, and my face is just a little tender and not swollen at all.
Today I was on a mostly liquid diet until late this afternoon: grapefruit juice, carrot juice, pineapple juice, celery and beet juice, chicken and rice soup. At 5:30 I was suddenly starving. I ate carrots with sesame butter, and then I ate walnuts and prunes. For dinner I had chopped steak, grapefruit, and zucchini.
I've noticed two interesting things. First I've been in close contact with my Type As the whole time, and neither of them has caught it. Second, this is a persistent virus, and all three parts of my treatment (physical, nutritional, and medical) were all needed to overcome it.
I'm going to post this blog, clean up the kitchen, and get a good night's rest.
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. Luke 2:4-5
Tonight our church had a Christmas dinner for all of the people who work in the children's classes. We got in vans and rode to three different houses. At the first house we had appetizers; at the second, our main course; and at the third, dessert.
I had no idea what the menu would be so I was a little apprehensive about what I would find to eat. Before we left home I had some walnuts and prunes. That would at least take the edge off my hunger.
Almost everything at the appetizer house was made of wheat. The table was beautiful and there must have been 20 - 25 separate items. I had carrot sticks, pineapple, and four almonds.
Things were much better at the main course house. There were generous amounts of four kinds of meat: ham, turkey, roast beef and shrimp. I chose turkey and roast beef. There were two kinds of potatoes, baskets of rolls, green beans and cranberry sauce. I took green beans and cranberry sauce. I suspect that not all of the seasonings were good for Type Os, but away from home I don't worry about the minor ingredients as long as I'm beneficial or neutral on the main ingredients.
The dessert house was a pleasant surprise. Among all of the gorgeous pastries that were total avoids; was a big pumpkin pie. It was a nice ending to a good meal.
We enjoyed seeing the decorations at the homes of our three hosts. Even better was the quick stop we made between the main course and dessert to sing Christmas carols on the front lawn of a nursery teacher who recently had surgery.
In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register. Luke 2:1-3
My daughter's piano teacher has a wonderful philosophy. She wants her students to use their musical abilities to bless and serve others. So she doesn't have formal recital once a year. She has two recitals, one at Christmas and one in the spring, and she has them at nursing homes.
Nursing homes usually have nice baby grand pianos. The residents love attention and they love young people. They are generous with their applause and very forgiving of forgotten notes.
Today was the Christmas recital. As I was listening to the students play, my eyes wandered around the room and rested on a board where the menu for the day was posted. Lunch was a choice of ham and cheese quiche or chicken pasta Alfredo. There is no blood type that would benefit from either dish. Ham is avoid for all, and only Bs and ABs could eat the cheese in the quiche. In the Alfredo dish, the chicken would be avoid for Bs and ABs, wheat an avoid for Os and ABs parmesan cheese an avoid for everyone except Bs.
The dinner menu was no better: country fried steak and a chicken pasta salad. There were hardly any vegetables and no greens on the menu. My mind wandered. Here are elderly people in poor health living in a nicely decorated nursing home, being cared for by an unusually cheerful and friendly staff. It is a well-run facility, and probably has a degreed dietitian on staff. But they are not getting the food their bodies need to maintain (much less improve) their health.
It made me sad. The piano students can bring a little youth and music into their lives. The staff brings food to tempt their aging taste buds. But who will bring food that is right for health?
I notice that my comments at the beginning of the Christmas story have rotated into the archives. If you are joining these December blogs in midstream, we are reading the Christmas story together 1 or 2 verses at a time. I hope they will add to your joy!
When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. Matthew 1:24
While Christmas is a wonderful time of year, it is also a busy time of year. I went Christmas shopping this morning, and was at the school until after 7:00 tonight.
It is tempting when I'm busy to grab something fast to eat. That's dangerous because busy by its very nature involves stress, and stress means my body needs high quality food.
On the way out the door to go shopping, I grabbed a half sweet potato out of the refrigerator. It was a filling snack. I wasn't home long enough to sit down for lunch in spite of what Live Right 4 Your Type recommends. But I ate brisket and collard greens cooked with onions, as I got ready for school.
My mistake of the day was only taking a water bottle to school. I thought we would be coming home about 4:30. The school has some incredible new computer equipment that makes printing the newspaper much better and faster. Next month I'm sure it will be wonderful. But today I was learning how to operate the equipment. I really wished I had brought a snack.
Though we got home late, I resisted a fast unhealthy meal. I ate carrots and sesame butter while I started cooking chicken breasts. For myself I also fixed asparagus and adzuki beans. For the As, I added cauliflower, cucumbers, carrot sticks, and couscous.
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel" which means, "God with us." Matthew 1:22-23
I didn't really plan to blog about medicine. Yesterday I wrote about taking cough syrup. Today there have been several threads on the Forum about prescriptions. It's made me review my criteria for over-the-counter and prescription medicine. I write with no authority whatever; this is just my opinion. You can do whatever you wish, but you should give it some thought.
I would rather treat illnesses naturally whenever possible. But during my formative years with nutrition, I read two statements that had an impact on my philosophy about medicine. I looked on my bookshelf today but I can't find the exact quotes,. I'll just give you the gist.
One book was about baby and child care. The author was going through a long list of childhood illnesses, writing about natural remedies for each. However when he got to strep throat he wrote, "If your child has strep throat, get to a doctor and get antibiotics. It's too late for Vitamin C." What I gleaned from that statement was that prevention is best, natural remedies are next best; but when you are dealing with serious infections, be thankful for modern medicine. Not too long after reading that, my son had scarlet fever. It took two rounds of antibiotics to get all of the infection out of his blood stream. My dad wrote a letter remembering people he had known who died from scarlet fever in the days before antibiotics.
The second author said that while drugs do have side effects on your body, you must balance that with the fact that pain is a major stress factor on your body also. He used headaches as an example. He said that you reach a point with a headache where the damage done by the ongoing stress is worse than the damage done by taking two pain pills. It is this idea that led me to take cough syrup at night. Clearly the damage done by having a restless night's sleep or sitting up all night in a chair is worse than the side effects of one teaspoon of codeine.
So here are my rules of thumb.
For fever I go to bed and I send my family to bed. The heat of the fever is killing germs; that is a good thing. I only use fever reducers if (1) fever rises above 103 or (2) the fever is accompanied by headaches and muscle aches that are stressful.
I don't use decongestants. They dry me out way too much and make me dream weird dreams. However if my sinuses are so stuffed up that I can't breathe at all, I know I am vulnerable for a secondary infection. I take a mucus thinner and drink tons of water. I would rather take the mucus thinner early than deal with 10 days of antibiotic later.
For pain, rest is best. Calcium/magnesium also helps. But when pain lasts for a long time and becomes a damaging stress itself, I take pain killers. I was in a car accident a few years ago and hurt my shoulder. It wasn't that bad, and I thought I would treat it naturally. It got steadily worse, and after about a month I went to the doctor. My whole body was tense trying to protect the injured shoulder. I had knots in the muscles in my neck and back. It took months for the shoulder injury to completely heal. During that time a low dose of pain killer to relieve the pain in the injured shoulder kept the rest of my body from tensing up and causing even more damage.
There are not right or wrong answers about this issue! Some of you avoid all medicine in all circumstances. Some of you take full advantage of the fact that you live in a day where medicine can spare you from feeling any pain or discomfort. I would encourage you to read a lot and come up with a philosophy that works for you and your family.
Prevention, of course is the best choice. And the best prevention I know about is the Blood Type Diet.
But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins." Matthew 1:20-21