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Persistent Infection - Dental work? Belated Notes for Sandra ~ and Pantethine for High Cholesterol. :-D
l have written before. l went to my holistic dentist and a year ago l had 2 cavitations and a root canal taken out, ever since the surgery l have had green mucous coming out of the left nostril. l tht at first it was good thing. and thats what the dentist said. but l think it's too long, l tried many things to no avail.l even tried an anodyme machine he has in the office to help healing can you give me any idea. l think because its green its an infection. l forgot to tell you, before surgery my left nostril leaked, it was clear. it was like a little drip it was very annoying.l found out by my own ivestigating it was soy milk. when l stopped the leakage it went away.by the way l am an o. l dont know if l a secretor or not. l follow the small book for o's. thank you elaine
Hi, Elaine! To have an infection draining for a year after dental work is not the norm. Was the root canal in the upper quadrant, and on the same side as the drip? You may have a deep pocket of sinus infection, which should be attended to. I would see a different dentist, explain what happened, and ask if he or she can examine those sites, and advise you on what may be going on.
Taking Heallix would help dispel the infection -- rinse with it, and use a tablespoon of it in the nasal irrigation.
That's a technique of rinsing the sinus areas with warm salted water (a neti pot makes it easier, but a flexible plastic cup used in the shower works fine, too!). Tip your head up and over to one side and slowly pour a few tablespoons (more, as you get used to it) of the salted warm water into one nostril. Tip your head to the other side, and let it rinse around in there. Let it out either by nose or mouth, just don't swallow it all. Do it every morning or evening -- you may be able to cleanse the area that way and rid yourself of most of the mucus.
I would still suspect that there is a dental correction which may need doing -- let me know, dear! take good care! :-)
Hi Heidi! I'm transitioning from a weightlifting style diet (clean, lean meat/dairy protein based) over to BTD. Big change for me, as I am an A negative (secretor status unknown). I have a few questions I'm hoping you can help with.
I'm struggling with finding products that are convenient and getting enough protein in when I cut out all/most meat. I work 65 hours a week (two jobs), work out 5 days a week, and need at least a few items that I can basically just nuke and eat.
I'm new to the concept of eating tofu and need to adapt slowly... I have already switched to soy milk though.
I work at Trader Joe's and was hoping that I could benefit from our selection of vegetarian products. Unfortunately, the ground round we have has 'wheat protein' as an ingredient. Is this different from wheat gluten? I can't find 'wheat protein' in the TYPEbase, but see that wheat gluten is neutral.
Also, do you know of any soy cheese products that do NOT contain casein? What exactly is the point of making a soy cheese for people who want to avoid milk products... and then put milk in it! Sandra
Hi Heidi, Well, I have a missing question - I sent it to you over a month ago but was trying to be patient in hopes you would eventually get to it. Maybe it's one you answered before, but I did do a search and came up with no answer. I think I actually had 2 or 3 questions in one message, but didn't save what I typed into this form unfortunately. I now have more questions though :-)
Anyway... I'm a type A Rh neg newbie, secretor status unknown, with a type O Rh pos boyfriend (secretor status also unknown). We thought at first he was an A, since both parents and his sister are, but upon testing with the typing kit, we were sad to learn he is an O.
We're making things work despite our different types - our agreement is he eats his red meat during the week when he's at his place, and fish or chicken on the weekends at my place :-) I'm about 70% compliant after beginning the diet changes two months ago. I'm taking fish oil supplements and just began bromelain according to Dr. D'adamo's anti-inflammatory protocol.
I've had bad "allergies" for years and my main goal for trying BTD is to decrease/eliminate my "snottiness" as I call it. So far, so good!
My new question is what are your supplement/dietary suggestions for recovering from whiplash? We were in an accident last Saturday, and thought the car was total, we only suffered bad whiplash. Painful, but at least we are alive and fairly well. Lots of muscle soreness, of course, and it's wreaking havoc on my delicate "stress profile" *grin*.
My original questions were about cheese. What is ok and what is not gets a bit confusing. (Note: I've only read BTD and used the online database.) I can't have cottage cheese, though it's made with a skim milk, but I can have ricotta, which is made with whole milk? My main concern with this is I haven't found an organic ricotta, and I do not want to eat any nonorganic dairy products. (I also tried goat ricotta... didn't like it.)
But I thought that mozzarella was ok if it is made with skim milk and *not* whole milk. Hence my confusion. Also regarding cheese: I found a soy cheddar that is great. But, it has casein in it, which is an avoid. Confusing, because soy cheese is a beneficial. So, does that mean that soy cheese without casein is good, or does it mean that soy cheese even with casein is OK? Because I can't find a soy cheese WITHOUT casein! Every one that Trader Joe's (in Southern California) carries has it, as well as every one our local health food store carries. And, if soy cheese with casein is a no-no, do you (or anyone else?) know of a soy cheese without casein, and where I might find it? Many thanks Heidi, I've enjoyed reading your column! -Sandra
Hello, Sandra - Sorry I've been so long in answering your questions.
I wish I could help you with compliant soy cheeses -- Perhaps one of the readers could lend a hand there. I have noticed that different organic food chains carry some identical national brands, along with some of their own, sometimes "cut and wrapped" versions made to order... I hope anyone with a non-casein brand -- preferably available in California -- will see this and write in! :-}
On the dairy cheeses: it's not skim milk vs. whole milk (fat content) in itself that determines which cheese makes the A-OK foodlist. It is also the proportional presence of milk proteins and sugars. Ricotta is a secondary product in the cheese-making process. In Italy, it is not even considered a cheese: it is simply "ri-cotta," meaning "re-cooked," made on a regular schedule from the whey left in mozzarella vats. Its proteins are much more delicate than those in first-product cheeses.
You mentioned having a problem with excess mucus, which is clearing up. The best thing would be to ease off the dairy products until that problem is resolved -- then add one at a time, slowly, and see if it is that kind of food itself which triggers the mucus.
As to the nukable BTD products, to tell you the truth I don't know of a single one. Microwavable pre-packaged items tend to be highly processed and nutrient poor. What most of us with busy lives do is set aside a few hours once per week to prepare and freeze main meals in individual portions. Then, the heating up can be done in a convection or standard oven, or on the stovetop.
About your whiplash -- aside from icing, resting, etc. (which your doctor or EM staff should have given instructions for), taking a daily manganese cap (50-100 mg) is helpful for strengthening the ligaments. And quercetin is wonderful for reducing inflammation.
I hope this is helpful, Sandra ~ I do wish you a swift healing from your injuries, and when I hear of any non-casein soy cheese tips, I will wend them your way! Thanks for writing! :-D
Re Ruth's problem with chloresterol.
I am also O-sec, age 77. Just had chol.test. Cholesterol 168, hdl 61 ldl 91 & tryglecerides 81. It tickles me because for years Doc has been trying to get me to take statins which I reject. I am probably 90 % compliant but also take the red chinese yeast and CoQ-10.
Another suggestion to Ruth might be PANTETHINE,not, repeat, not pantethinic acid. Pantethine worked for me previously. Namaste, Conrad
THANK you, Conrad! Great reminder! Pantethine is recommended for Os with high cholesterol -- Ruth, do give it a try!
I love my readers! :-D
and Conrad, congratulations on your splendid lipid panels, dear! Very good news, and a nice education for your doctor. ;-> Thanks again! :-D