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Posted by: Missy, Wednesday, March 22, 2006, 6:31pm
I'm going to do my best to keep this short so that all will read but I have so much to say that it may get long.

This morning I woke up and was thankful for the great nights sleep. I began to reflect back at the day when I couldn't sleep because every bone in my body felt like it was crushing when I would roll over. I was diagnose with fibromyalgia. Other health issues I struggled with were piercing pains from the middle of my chest through to my back, constant migraines, always sick with some sort of cold, allergy, rash, you name it. On top of that, I was over weight and just couldn't loose an oz. no matter how much I exercised or cut down on food. Believe it or not, I gained weight as a vegetarian - go figure! Oh yeah, I was also diagnose with depression.

After having a few attacks that landed me in the hospital, I had my gall bladder taken out, as they felt this was the cause of my chest pains that traveled through to my back. Needless to say, I had 5 more attacks with no answers as to what was going on. By chance, I went to a work seminar that talked about living with pain. Since I was in pain 24 x 7 I thought this good to go to. Long story short I met a nutrionalist at this seminar and I set up an appointment with him only to discover that I was gluten intolerant. Other testing showed that I was soy and lactose intolerant as well. Hmm, sound like a non-secretor to you?!

Going with the advice of the nutrionalist, I went gluten free and a good amount of the pain subsided but would return on occasion. My migraines eased some but still they came and when they did --- they came on with such a force that I would have 3 full days with the darn thing no matter what I took. I would count the hours to the end of the three days, as the migraines would magically disappear as fast as they came on.

Well, to get to the point of this testimony... since I have been on the BTD, I have lost close to 40 pounds and have maintained it. I no longer get those horrible pains in my chest, migraines are so limited that I get surprised when one comes on and find myself not prepared because I don't think to carry my Imitrex or other remedies. The fibromyalgia is a mute point and if I do get achy it's because I didn't eat enough greens that day.  Allergies and colds and flu are not a large part of my vocabulary anymore, which is the first time in my entire life.

All-in-all, my health has improved tremendously. I have increased energy and I look good in my clothes (and out of them  :o). My tax folder for medical and prescriptions has become the smallest instead of the biggest folder. I just turned 51 in January and it is the best I have felt since I was 24.

I started the BTD June of 2005 and have been pretty faithful in eating mostly beneficialís and neutrals. I have indulged in avoids when feeling sorry for myself and each time I do I pay for it. I'm sure now that summer is coming I will indulge in some Rita's gelati's but will restrain myself for as long as possible. I'm no saint but let me tell you...I firmly believe that the BTD is my life-long way of living and I'm so grateful for Dr. D and all you folks on this forum and for my friend Deb who owns the HFS here in Easton, Pa.

I survived flu season without a shot, picked up a small something that subsided in 2 days, which use to take months to go away. I can now use public facilities without wondering what disease I will go home with (to know me is to know I caught everything in sight and out of sight).

I would like to give a special thanks to Lola and Don. Many have been very helpful over these months but you both have extended yourselves with lots of care and understanding and never any sarcasm during times of concerns, too many questions and dumb questions. Oh yeah, questions that were already asked and answered.

Don an extra, extra thanks to you for being willing to answer questions for my husband as he was trying to decide if BTD was right for him. I think he was dealing with the manly man thing and was thinking he shouldn't be eating like this. You helped him realize that it was the manly man thing to do and he now sees how right you were. His allergies have decreased and he hardly ever takes any medication for them. He was told that he was allergic to cats, dogs, dust, outside living, and many more things.  Well, we have 6 cats and 3 dogs and only seasonal allergies are impacting him but not as bad as in the past. Summer grass cutting will be the tell all. He has been approximately 85% compliant and started around Aug or Sept 2005.

Again, thank you all! For those just beginning, hang in there! This too can work for you.
Posted by: Lola, Wednesday, March 22, 2006, 6:49pm; Reply: 1
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Believe it or not, I gained weight as a vegetarian - go figure! Oh yeah, I was also diagnose with depression.


most O vegetarians are starchetarians!!
weight gain guaranteed!!! )

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Wheat is known to inhibit dopamine beta hydroxylase (DBH), an enzyme that converts adrenaline-like precursors to dopamine. A high protein diet and exercise increase DBH.

DBH is genetically compromised in blood type Os
who often wind up having too much adrenaline
and too little dopamine when they consume wheat


no wonder you were depressed, right?
glad it is a thing of the past!!
thanks for sharing this powerful testimonial!
Posted by: Missy, Wednesday, March 22, 2006, 6:52pm; Reply: 2
Yep, my breakfast was cheeses and breads, cereal and milk.

Lunch was salads with no meats or fish but would use cheese for protein and of course bread.

Dinner was the hardest but found my self eating lots of potatoes. I was not big on pasta so this was not my problem. You will see that I did not do enough protein at all.
Posted by: Brighid45, Wednesday, March 22, 2006, 7:05pm; Reply: 3
Missy, I'm so glad for you and your hubby! *BIG hug* Congratulations on regaining your health with the BTD. It's amazing, isn't it? Wooo! *does the happy dance* :)

As a fellow fibromyalgia sufferer, I agree--when I don't eat enough greens I ache like crazy. If I pile my plate with collards or kale, I go through the day with little to no pain at all. You know what I mean when I say that is AMAZING. Trust me guys--FMS is all about hurting in some capacity all the time. To have that go away--it's a miracle.

Congrats again! :)
Posted by: Missy, Thursday, March 23, 2006, 12:46am; Reply: 4
Thank you Brighid! Yes, this is most exciting to not have to suffer from that pain like I did. You could see it in my face but yet we still have to plug along. I couldn't even run a vaccum back then. Sad to say I can now run the vaccum. LOL  ::)

I've also noticed that staying away from carbs helps with the pain too. When I indulge in some of the wonderful gluten free goodies (on my avoid list), I truly do have an achy day. Since I don't eat bread anymore I think that helps too.

Posted by: Poly, Thursday, March 23, 2006, 8:45pm; Reply: 5
Congratulations, Missy! (clap)

What a great testimonial! So happy for you! :)
Posted by: vandelam, Friday, March 24, 2006, 1:44am; Reply: 6
Missy,
Thanks for the testimonial. I have had similar success. I often have to pinch myself because I still find it amazing how healthy I feel. I'm 48 and have been on the BTD for 2 years.
I'm not sure what type your hubbie is but if he's an O, I'd recommend taking MSM powder for his seasonal allergies. I couldn't breathe through my nose from the age of about 12 and even on the BTD, with my allergies reduced, I still couldn't breathe through my nose. I checked out the sinus protocols and chose the MSM powder. I used it for maybe 2 months and now my sinuses are almost completely clear.
I just added it to my shake for breakfast.

Cheers,
Michael
Posted by: Lola, Friday, March 24, 2006, 1:55am; Reply: 7
Michael,
that s great to hear you are doing so well!!! good job! )
Posted by: Missy, Friday, March 24, 2006, 1:55am; Reply: 8
Quoted from vandelam
Missy,
I'm not sure what type your hubbie is but if he's an O, I'd recommend taking MSM powder for his seasonal allergies. I couldn't breathe through my nose from the age of about 12 and even on the BTD, with my allergies reduced, I still couldn't breathe through my nose. I checked out the sinus protocols and chose the MSM powder. I used it for maybe 2 months and now my sinuses are almost completely clear.
I just added it to my shake for breakfast.

Cheers,
Michael

Michael,

Thank you very much for this information. Yes, he is a type O and a secretor. I will ask him if he would like to give it a shot. The season is coming so I'm thinking he might be willing.
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