Category Archives: food intolerance

#Lyme Disease, Allergies, and Self-Treating with BioSET

Hello to All,

In my previous posts I’ve talked about how much energy medicine has helped me deal with problems caused by chronic Lyme Disease. NAET and Bioset treatments are especially useful in reducing or eliminating my numerous intolerances to foods, chemicals, and medications. They also help with strange symptoms that no one else can figure out, like painful cracked lips or vulvodynia. I sometimes still can’t believe that I’ve become a convert to energy medicine. My Western, scientific mind has trouble with it, but I can’t deny its effectiveness for me.

I’m fortunate to have a practitioner near my home. For those of you who don’t, here is a YouTube video from Bioset’s founder, Dr. Ellen Cutler. She demonstrates muscle testing and desensitization techniques you can do at home.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0KHdsW6G7E

I haven’t had success muscle testing myself, but I’ve certainly had success treating myself numerous times. It works on a principle similar to homeopathy or allergy injections. Exposing a person to a minute dilution of a substance gradually desensitizes them. Here is how the treatment works:

  • Hold the offending substance in your hand, or place it in a jar if it’s particularly noxious to you.
  • Tap yourself down and up the spine 4 times while following a breathing pattern.
  • Hold the substance for approximately 15 minutes.
  • Avoid the offending substance for 25 hours for the basic home treatment or 2 hours for a booster of a Bioset treatment.
  • Repeat if needed.

I’m impressed with the fact that Dr. Cutler shares this information publicly. Those of us who are sick and hypersensitive would spend an awful lot of money if they needed a professional treatment every time they had a problem.

Laura

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#Lyme Disease, Toxins, Activated Charcoal, and Food Intolerance

Hello Again To All,

I’m back after a long absence due to an intense detox or possibly an adverse reaction to medication. I believe ketoconazole was the culprit, but I may never know. So I apologize if it takes me a while to post comments or return emails.

During the crisis, my doctor recommended stopping all meds and taking the usual detox remedies of Pekanas, coffee enemas, saunas, vitamin C, Meriva turmeric, and something new for me: activated charcoal. She says one has to be careful using charcoal on a regular basis because it not only adsorbs (attracts particles to itself) toxins, but also adsorbs beneficial vitamins and minerals.

I tried 2 caps of charcoal in the evening and didn’t notice any benefit. Then I increased to 2 caps twice per day. Still no obvious relief. Then I started taking it 30 minutes before eating lunch and dinner and discovered something wonderful: it prevents me from getting food related headaches!

Two prominent mold researchers/physicians, James Schaller, MD and Ritchie Shoemaker, MD recommend a resin binder (cholestyramine or Welchol) 30 minutes before meals to bind up toxins in the bile. So I decided to follow this protocol with the charcoal. Voila! It may not be a long term solution, but it has reduced my headaches greatly. My Candida and food intolerances have obviously returned, so I need to deal with them. But the charcoal is saving me a lot of pain and allowing me to eat solid, nutritious food for the time being.

Dr. Schaller has a comparison of the effectiveness of common toxin binders on mold toxins on his website: http://www.usmoldphysician.com/articles/comparingmoldtoxinbinders.html

Comparing the Mold Toxin Binders

  • Cholestyramine showed the best adsorption capacity. It was quite effective at 85% absorption.
  • Activated Carbon had the second best mold toxin absorption at 62%.
  • Bentonite clay adsorbed minimally. Even when the amount of toxin load in the water was reduced to a low load of only 13 microg/ml, the Bentonite clay still only bound 12% of the toxin.
  • Celite was not effective even at the lowest tested FB1 concentration of 3.2 microg/ml.

So for those of us who require slower detox, charcoal is a good option. And it’s cheap, too! I was advised to take extra water and fiber to avoid constipation. I also need to take extra minerals, zinc, magnesium, potassium, and trace minerals to avoid depletion.

My next steps are to:
1) Have a few NAET/BioSET treatments to calm the food sensitivities,
2) Improve gut health and CAREFULLY kill off more fungus and bacteria,
3) Do genetic testing to determine SNP’s and methylation defects so I can detox and metabolize better,
4) Correct probable hormonal imbalances related to my age: the dreaded 45 and onset of what is most likely peri-menopause. (I’ve been having heart palpitations, nighttime sweats, and wicked insomnia. Yup, I think it has begun).
5) Support adrenals. I’m trying cordyceps, a Chinese mushroom herbal remedy.

More to come soon.

– Laura

#Lyme Disease Nutrient Spotlight: Butyrate

I want to share one of my favorite supplements for managing symptoms related to Lyme Disease called Butyrate.

I’m a chronic headache sufferer, and my most frequent trigger for headaches is eating. I used to think food sensitivities were the problem, but I got to the point where eating solid food of any kind caused me a headache. I began to suspect the problem lied more in the process of eating and the toxic bile release that followed. I also noticed that when my general inflammation level was high, I was sensitive to everything, not just food. When the inflammation subsided, I had no problems eating anything.

My LLND gave me this supplement to calm food reactions. I take 3 or 4 caps of high potency Body Bio brand 600mg Cal/mag butyrate with or just after a meal when I feel the headache coming on. It usually stops the headache within 20 minutes. When I feel good, I try to remember to take a maintenance dose of 3 caps per day. When inflammation is high, I take 8 – 9 caps per day.

So what is butyrate? It’s a fatty acid that helps to combat ammonia, support the health of the digestive tract, and reduce cytokines (inflammation generating signaling compounds), among other uses.  Butyrate is proving to be a remarkable nutrient for a number of conditions.

Here is an excerpt from an article written by Mark Speight, MD.

…Butyrate is an amazing molecule. From cancer and neurodegenerative diseases, to irritable bowel, it is proving to be a powerhouse.

Butyrate is a four carbon chain fatty acid that the intestinal tract uses as food. It is generated from the colon bacteria in conjunction with fiber products. If you don’t have enough healthy bacteria and fiber in your intestinal tract, then the chances are good that you won’t make enough butyrate.

Butyrate has also been shown to slow the beginning of cancer, in fact inducing what we call differentiation (making cells that were previously behaving like cancer cells – rapidly dividing, become normal again). In one study some 20 years ago animals with chemically induced tumors in the colon had reduction in the size and number of their tumors when they were treated with butyric acid enemas twice daily for eight weeks.

More recent research suggests that Butyrate quells the storm of cytokines that causes inflammation in the brain leading to scarring and cell death. By doing so, it is thought that chronic degenerative diseases like Alzheimers, ALS, and others may be slowed or even reversed. In fact, preliminary evidence suggests this is so when this nutrient is given in conjunction with others.

There are different kinds of butyrate. Some butyrates are attached to sodium, others to calcium and magnesium. Most people need calcium and magnesium so calmag butyrate is a reasonably safe option.

Butyrate also helps clean the liver, the gall bladder, and biliary tree in the liver. It also helps clean the bowel, helps control ammonia, and removes unwanted “renegade fats”…

To read the complete article, including references, visit http://www.cfwellness.com/articles/butyrate

–        Laura

Energy Medicine – BioSET

In writing about my healing from Lyme Disease, I feel I must write about my experiences with a particular form of energy medicine called BioSET (Bioenergetic Sensitivity and Enzyme Therapy). Since starting weekly BioSET treatment in January of 2012, my food sensitivities have decreased markedly. I can eat again!!! BioSET treatments have freed me from numerous food intolerances I’ve had since 2004. I can now enjoy a wide variety of food and give my body the nutrition it needs to fight the infection. I have gained some weight back. I no longer suffer from chronic headaches after eating. Other bothersome symptoms have abated after treatment: vulvodynia, chronic tooth pain, acne, and cracked peeling lips (chelitis). I now know this is a critical part of my healing.

Treating Lyme involves more than just killing the offending microbes. You must also support your body’s detoxification from the wastes of the dying microbes, strengthen the body’s immune system, and calm the hypersensitive state caused by the infection. BioSET can help with this.

I learned about the benefits of energy medicine while reading other blogs of Lyme sufferers who were recovering. One patient in particular had been using BioSET with great success, so I decided to try it. Now, I have to admit that I was skeptical at first. I am new to alternative medicine and scoffed at energy medicine in particular. Thank goodness I kept an open mind and tried it.

What is BioSET?

from http://www.drellencutler.com/pages/articles/?ArticleID=215

BioSET integrates traditional Chinese medicine and acupressure together with contemporary approaches to applied immunology and nutrition. The BioSET System employs three basic treatments: organ-specific detoxification, enzyme therapy, and desensitization.

  1. Organ-specific detoxification: Stimulates the release of accumulated toxins from organs and tissues and promotes elimination from the body through the use of homeopathics.
  2. Enzyme therapy: Facilitates good digestion and a healthful inflammatory response to correct nutritional deficiencies and other systemic imbalances through the therapeutic use of vegetarian enzyme supplements.
  3. Desensitization: Bioenergetic evaluation of organ stress and nutritional status followed by the elimination of sensitivity responses through a revolutionary, noninvasive technique based on acupressure meridians and immunology.

To understand how BioSET works, it is useful to think of the body as an organism through which electromagnetic energy flows along invisible pathways. According to traditional Chinese medicine, the electromagnetic energy in our bodies, called chi (qi), manifests as lines of force, or meridians. These meridians run near the surface of the body and pass into our internal organs. The amount of energy that runs through these meridians can be measured and recorded. This can be done either through muscle testing or with a device that measures the electrical properties of acupuncture points along the meridians. These examinations indicate whether the meridians are balanced, stressed, weakened or blocked. BioSET uses tools drawn from acupuncture, chiropractic, and kinesiology to locate and remove blockages in electromagnetic pathways that are specifically related to reactants.

So how does this work for a Lyme Disease sufferer? Here is my interpretation:

Lyme Disease is an invasion of microbes deep into the body’s tissues. The body’s response to infection is inflammation, responsible for the widespread pain, organ damage, and myriad symptoms suffered by LD patients. The body develops a hypersensitivity to this foreign invader, what many call an “allergy.” The body develops further sensitivities to otherwise normal stimuli, such as food and chemicals. The cycle of inflammation continues. Energetically speaking, chronic illness, injury, and inflammation lead to blockages in our energetic pathways. Visualize a damaged roadway that is blocked off and detoured. The energy still flows, but cannot flow to needed areas in our bodies.

Energy therapies can help to desensitize and reprogram your body’s response to anything from microbes to foods, environmental toxins, and even emotions. We can only do so much to limit our exposure to toxins in modern life, but we can change how we react to them.