*I'm not a doctor, nutritionist, or any kind of medical professional. None of this is medical advice. Always seek advice from your doctor before changing your diet and/or healing routine. I am just a human sharing my experience with this protocol.
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I've been on the bean protocol for 540 days.
Although I've hit so many roadblocks along the way, I'm still pushing forward and hoping for the best. Below is a summary of my life events for the last 90 days with the overview following, as per usual. Merry Christmas everyone!
Beans alone are not enough.
How many times have I said that one? And, at this stage of TBP, this should be obvious. It's why Karen has us avoiding scents, supplements, and so on.
One thing I've realized is how huge of a factor stress and environment play into my ongoing chronic illness. With that in mind, I've written below what my last few months have been like so you can take that into consideration when viewing my "progress".
The bean rollercoaster continues.
This has been a year of change. Death of friends and family, cancer diagnosis of friends and family, surgery, sickness, as well as an international move for me and divorce. To say that it has been stressful is an understatement. And, I can feel the upheaval in my body.
Before I left Germany I had bloodwork done. Once back in the US for a few weeks they finally sent the results. It turns out my TSH was something like .06. I thought that was great news. Usually my TSH hangs around the 5-7 range. But, I learned the other day from an ER doctor (had to take my mom to the ER, heart stuff, she's fine, PVC, they tested her TSH it was .06) .06 could actually indicate hyperthyroidism. Do I need less meds? Is my TSH still the same? That means my thyroid has improved some, right? Who knows! I've been calling doctors since I got here in September and it's the end of December and I still have no one. I'm almost out of medication and money. So, I may be going off thyroid meds. This is terrifying. When my TSH rises so do all of my symptoms. And, that can be fully disabling yet not a recognized disability. Good times!
Since moving back, my vertigo has flared up huge, leaving me on what I have dubbed over the years as the "cruise of one" where I'm the only one on a boat, swaying and rocking 24/7. My mom suggested I see her chiropractor. He pointed out that my neck and lower spine were both out of place. With my neck causing a lot of the vertigo I was experiencing. I started his program where I go there 3 times a week for 8 weeks then once a week for the 8 weeks following. And, after the first appointment, the vertigo almost completely stopped. After going there for the last month, I can happily say that I am vertigo free 99% of the time now! Also, before treatment, I did not realize how painful it was for me to stand. But, after the first treatment alone, I found I was able to stand without being in excruciating pain that I had been ignoring for who knows how many years, to the point where I no longer consciously registered it.
There are scents everywhere here. And, I'm constantly being exposed to them. I cannot wait to have my own home again and hermit into my own unscented world. Until then, this leaves me in a state of constant triggers for my MCS. This affects my health, mood, ability to breathe, and so much more.
Being back in the US flares my rosacea massively. So, being back here permanently has my face permanently red and rough looking. More good times! Oh, and don't even get me started on the bloating. I basically look pregnant everyday. My chiropractor mentioned QNRT to me. He goes himself and it has helped him a lot. I told him I was interested and he gave me a brochure for his QNRT doctor. I slept on it a few days to be sure it was really what I wanted to do and then made my first appointment with Dr. Hattersley. And, wow! Pardon my French but, QNRT is the tits! You can read about my experience with it here. But, in short, it has reduced my anxiety, improved my digestion, and relieved some of my MCS. None of those areas of my life are perfect but the improvements made are measurable and my happiness has shot back up. So, if you're still hitting sticky spots with your health and you've been on the beans for awhile, I would consider adding QNRT. It has been a game-changer for me and I'm addicted to it now.
I believe all these flare ups are due to seed oils and exposure to chemicals.
And, possibly the lower quality of food we have here in the US. As well as the quality of the water! But I could be wrong. I just know that I rarely ate seed oils in Germany, I was able to avoid most fragrance most of the time, and our water was clean spring water. And, I was healing. Now, I'm back and eating more seed oils and being exposed to tons of fragrance, the water is tap, and I have so many things flaring up. But, I also know that stress is profoundly more destructive than one could ever imagine. So, it could be a side effect from the stress. 🤷🏻♀️
Either way, I've decided to wait on messaging Karen about it. Instead, I've bought air purifiers and convinced my parents to switch to unscented laundry detergent. I've continued to meditate regularly, and I'm giving my body time to acclimate as much as it can to my new surroundings. When I have the money, I'm going to order Mountain Valley spring water. I considered getting a Berkey, but they may not work well for fluoride and they leach silver into your water. Although added silver might not be unhealthy, they're being secretive about it and that makes me suspicious.
I'm worried Karen will say "eat beans more often" and I just can't. I've tried that so many times, I can't do it. My body says NO. So, I bought some psyllium husk to mix with water to drink. I know Unique Hammond does this. I have yet to try it, but I'm working up to it.
In the last month, I've strayed from the strict bean protocol rules a bit.
I'm usually such a rule follower when it comes to healing protocols. I really, really, really, freaking want to get better. So, I tend to follow the rules to a T. But for the last month or so, I've been eating these little chia seed bars my mom makes. They always have cocoa powder in them and sometimes they also have unsweetened apple sauce and cinnamon too.
I'm planning on making an altered version that's bean protocol compatible but I haven't done that yet. I've just been coasting on the deliciousness of these little chocolatey chia bars. And, they help me poop. That alone is a relief.
I would blame my flare up on these bars if I hadn't started eating them long after the flare up began.
I've also had a handful of blueberries. They were delicious.
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