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MyraBee
Tuesday, December 19, 2006, 9:49pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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Hi, All,

I received a phone call from my doctor today.  My liver panel is Good News!  It is much better than it's been in years!  They are sending me a hard copy of the results, so will post them when I receive them in the mail.

However, my RA and Sed Rate is double what it was back in Oct.  Doctor said not to worry--we'll re-check it next month.  In the meantime, I've been thinking about what I've been doing different since last month when I had it checked.  Please tell me what your opinion is--especially, you, Don---I love the way you so often "tell it like it is"!  

I know I have cut down on my water drinking; I frankly have never liked to pee (sorry if that's TMI but I've resumed drinking more, and just dealing with the resulting issue!  Because I'm so overweight, I have a hard time discerning what's a good amount of water for me to consume on a daily basis.  The 1/2 oz. per pound of weight seems like a very excessive amount, even for someone of my size.

I also ate quite a bit of sugar right around Thanksgiving, but I wouldn't think that would have much residual effeect on my blood factors.  Additionally, I have greatly reduced my amount of SB vegetables--spinich, kale, and broccoli--I'm wondering if this factor could be playing a big part in my new blood results?

One last thing---I have not been sleeping well-At All!  I told Doctor about it on my last visit, and he adjusted some of my meds--and thankfully, I've now begun to sleep better. I'm wondering if that lack of sleep could be a damage indicator?

But, as I said in an earlier post--I've lost 63 pounds since the last part of September!!!  That loss, coupled with my new, better liver panel is a big encouragement to me!  And I'm happy to recive all of your help in trouble shooting these increased inflamation issues.

Love,

Myra.


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Myra,

Sugar is very inflammatory and the effects could stay with you for awhile. Remember you are a non-secretor, so you shouldn't be eating sugar and most other sweeteners at all.

(I saw your post in another thread about making the possible connection between insufficient water consumption and UTIs. Good observation and certainly well worth experimenting with increased water amounts to see if it helps you avoid getting UTIs. Sugar will also effect your immune system and therefore possibly lead to more UTI problems.)

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Almost every day I ate two slices of Ezekial 4:9 low sodium Bread slathered with roasted almond butter.

If you want to help speed up the process you might also continue trying to reduce your grain consumption as you have already have been doing. Also, do you realize that almond butter is downgraded to neutral infrequently in the Arthritis book, which means it should be minimized or avoided (0-2 times per month)?

Since something you were doing was working before why don't you go back to eating more SB vegetables. By the way what did you replace them with in your recent diet changes?


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If you want to help speed up the process you might also continue trying to reduce your grain consumption as you have already have been doing. Also, do you realize that almond butter is downgraded to neutral infrequently in the Arthritis book, which means it should be minimized or avoided (0-2 times per month)?
Since something you were doing was working before why don't you go back to eating more SB vegetables. By the way what did you replace them with in your recent diet changes?


In thinking over your comments, Don, I think my grain consumption might be a very real mitigating factor.  Also, I wasn't aware of Almond Butter's status as an almost avoid!  I had been eating quite a bit of Ezekiel 4:9 toast with almond butter, and bananas--which is probably why I didn't eat my vegies!

Even rice makes me feel bad--so I'm going to strive to be grain free for the rest of the year.  Also, at least 6 32 oz. glasses of H20 daily---and no sugar except on Christmas Eve.

Thanks for your help--

My.


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I like almond butter too.  It is too easy to let the grains and almond butter become more frequent and larger servings. Remain vigilant about monitoring your BTD and hopefully you will have success with your health goals.

By the way, rice is also a type O neutral infrequently in the 7 Health Library books I have.


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I received the hard copy of my lab tests in the mail this morning.  

My blood glucose--non-fasting--has dropped another seven points.  This is good!  

My sodium and potassium levels are particularly interesting.  On 9/15/06 while I was using absolutely no added salt at all, plus taking prescription potassium supplements, my sodium was 141, (n=137-145) potassium 3.8 (n=3.6-5.0).  On 12/15/06 now using Sea Salt very frequently and using no supplemental potassium, my readings are, sodium (still) 141 and potassium (higher at) 4.1.

I'm now enjoying the very real taste pleasures of sea salt, plus the extra benefit of trace minerals.  And, I have to tell you my doctor wasn't all that thrilled with me discontinuing my RX potassium without consulting with him first. But I was certain with my BTD (mostly) compliant food choices, I was getting plenty of potassium.  And, as it turns out, my body knew.  And my BP is still in the very wonderful range-- even with the sea salt.

Sea Salt is a Good Thing.  And so is BTD.  

Love,

My.


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Well, I think I'll increase my intake of sea salt!  I have been wary of using salt and I keep forgetting that I now have sea salt in the shaker!  I wonder where my mind is, anyway.  

MyraBee, thanks for the update.  I think your results are fantastic!!!  
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