Exactly. When I was researching which foods were boosters versus which ones were modulators both echinacea and elderberry came up as "use when needed". In other words, use to treat, not to prevent.... people might benefit from specific immunity boosters taken at specific times. Echinacea may be OK for a day or two at the beginning of a cold, but not taken daily over a period of months.
Yes, that would be nice!I'm curious to see if the migraines go away now.
Whenever I try and do too many things at once, I never know what's causing the problem, if I have one.Quoted from prunellaI have been also doing the fatigue protocol and the intestinal protocol.
It worries me that I had to give this up as I was using it to detox the tuna I have for lunch every day. I wonder how much tuna I can safely eat now. All my mercury filling were removed years ago.I use teeny amounts of chlorella in an effort to detox from mercury.
Wow, this post made a real difference to me. ... I think I've been really overdosing on things to ramp up my immune system!
I'd appreciate any feedback.
Quoted from Dr. D.Anything we put into a complex system that is not needed reduces robustness!
Jane, if my post helps one person, it was worth the time to compose it. Thank you for this comment.Wow, this post made a real difference to me. ... I'd appreciate any feedback.
I can't advise you on when to take it but I would suggest you go slowly! I tried a milk thistle extract and it gave me both stinky flatulence and bad gas/bloating.I'm actually feeling a little better today - so we'll see. I have milk thistle that I bought a while ago but only tried once. When should I take that?
Quoted from BHealthyI have had allergies since I was 8 years old. Most of the time they manifested as sneezing, runny nose, post nasal drip and itchy eyes. I took shots and pills which controlled the symptoms. I am allergic to dust, mold, and cats which are around 24/7.
When I started eating 'clean' 3 years ago my allergies got better except around cats, which I avoid whenever possible, and to which I still had a severe reaction.
At that time I also started taking whole food supplements -- not 'vitamin pills' but foods like turmeric, garlic, medicinal mushrooms, blue-green algae, chia seeds, pine pollen, olive leaf and hibiscus tea.
Whenever I read about something that would increase the effectiveness of my immune system, I took it, figuring it would help me avoid cancer, dementia, arthritis, respiratory infections, and whatever else might afflict me.
I have had migraines since I was 18. They are primarily food related and I am very careful when I introduce new foods/supplements in case they trigger an attack. Whatever doesn't cause a migraine is added to my 'arsenal'.
Over the last 3 years I went through several detox periods until this past summer when I thought I had finally straightened my diet out. My migraines were down from 21/28 days to 4/28 days, my allergies were much better, and various other parts of my life had vastly improved (I have a list of these 25+ item which I will share with anyone who's interested).
But...I had developed a persistent irritation in my throat, my eyes burned constantly, and my energy level was not where I wanted it to be so I sought a local naturopath who introduced me to SWAMI.
While I waited for my SWAMI code to arrive I followed a VLC diet -- no sugar, starch, fat or dairy -- and stopped all supplements and my throat got much better. When I got my SWAMI I assumed the improvement was due to eliminating dairy which my SWAMI says I can't have.
Through SWAMI I learned that Type Os have an overactive immune system which might protect them from the flu but made them susceptible to, among other things, allergies (check), environmental toxins (check), and arthritis (not yet).
For some reason the implication didn't sink in and for the past three months I continued to consume massive amounts of immune boosting foods. I even increased my intake of some of them.
Then, two weeks ago, the irritation in my throat became unbearable, preventing me from falling asleep, waking me up at night, and not responding to either coughing or drinking. The joints on my right thumb and finger became stiff and hurt when I tried to bend them. My eyes had gotten worse.
At first I blamed SWAMI; then, I started thinking about what I was doing now that I wasn't doing before SWAMI that might possibly have been responsible. I listed every food I had added or eliminated.
Then it hit me: all these immune boosting foods were making an over-active immune system even more over-active! They were causing me to react even more severely to things that were already a problem. The irritation in my throat and eyes was probably an allergic reaction and the pain in my fingers was probably arthritis.
Instantly, I eliminated all blue-green algae, chlorella, kombucha, blueberry, and elderberry. I figured that a cold once a year was better than constant discomfort every day. The only immune affecting substances I left in my diet were immune modulators, hoping they would calm everything down.
The pain in my fingers went away totally in two days, my throat is almost healed, and my eyes feel much better.
So...is my theory correct, that Type O's should avoid any immune building foods/supplements?
If they should, then why do many of the NAP O supplements contain chlorella, blueberry, echinacea, and elderberry?