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Sean's very un-optimal Journal

Discussion in 'My Optimal Journal' started by seanb4, Aug 15, 2013.

  1. seanb4

    seanb4 New Member

    Ended up eating a lot of crappy foods over the last week, partially to see if I was missing any nutrients on my more restrictive diet and partly because it doesn't seem to make a difference, I still get bloated, tired and the weird none burning reflux, etc after eating crap food the same as I do eating good food. Food/Liquid volume seems to be the only variable.

    Found out why it hurts to chew in the back of my mouth. It appears my jaw bone is coming through my gum behind my back teeth. My gum health went from fine to terrible after taking the nsaids 2 years ago, this will have done the initial damage, then the constant inflammation caused by constant excessive bloating will be stopping them from repairing and continuing to damage them.

    Noticed when sleeping with grounding wristband I don't need to get up to pee as much. Still not sure if coincidence or not.

    Got cortisol blood test tommorow. I ask for salivary test, I get blood test, NHS ladies and gentlemen. Not sure if I will be able to gleam anything usefull from it.
    Also stopped taking pregnenolone 3 weeks ago, will this still have an effect?
     
  2. caroline

    caroline Moderator

    I don't think so....but I am sure not an expert....
    Have you ever tried oil pulling Eric?
     
  3. seanb4

    seanb4 New Member

    Had vitamin D blood test this morning, dunno what type.
     
  4. seanb4

    seanb4 New Member

    Launched a site I've been working on that will hopefully help people understand this blog better.

    If you can think of idea's to improve it or want to submit content, please pm me or post in the thread in monster threads that I just put up.

    Site: http://seanbingley.comyr.com/DrKruseSite/
     
  5. seanb4

    seanb4 New Member

    Went to dietician today, vitamin D levels were normal, something like 110 with ref 50-130. Dietician has no idea what's wrong with me as I have tried all conventional solutions. Nice lady but best she could come up with was maybe I should eat some diary for calcium and gluten free bread in-case I'm missing out on nutrients, no thanks. Feeling pretty down about my situation, can't see a way out. Still have an appointment with endocrinology to check my cortisol levels, but that could be up to 16 weeks away...

    Added more content and functionality to my website. You can now click on red highlighted words to quickly view their definition. http://seanbingley.comyr.com/HealthAssistant/
     
  6. caroline

    caroline Moderator

    I really like how you have set that up Sean .....I love the glossary - really helpful. I hate it when I have to stop and look up meanings all the time!
     
  7. seanb4

    seanb4 New Member

    Thanks caroline, yeah hopefully it will help people make connections faster across articles. I just need to focus on adding more useful content now.
     
  8. seanb4

    seanb4 New Member

  9. sooperb

    sooperb New Member

    Hi to Seanb4.

    Wow, finally got to the end, it's been fascinating. I am still at the very beginning of this, so I haven't anything to add from a trial and error perspective. Firstly I am glad to see someone else from the UK in here. Secondly I am astounded that you have managed to get any sort of tests that aren't related to an undeniably obvious ailment on the NHS, there must be more than one enlightened GP then. Alas though as you are experiencing the wall that the NHS has built around itself, protecting its "set in stone mindset" about diseases and anything remotely medical. Just as an illustration, the advice given to Type ll diabetics is still to include lots of lovely carbs in their diet, pop statins like sweets and take an aspirin "just in case". They seem completely unable to move on, even in the face of irrefutable proof via research that they've got it wrong.

    First I must applaud you for even thinking of trying raw meat, especially offal. I've had a chuckle at the thought of you lovingly stirring it round in a jar only to bin it because it was too foul smelling to eat, probably a wise decision. I feel for your situation too, I have endured palps for a few years, accepting that maybe it was anxiety and panic that triggered them. I have also had the same tests for my stomach issues, the endoscope that revealed nothing, the H.pylori test that was negative, a 3 month course of antacids that achieved very little. I am still bloated and overweight. This is your journal page so I will leave my story there.

    I have bought an earthing sheet and sleep on it religiously, this may be out of your price bracket but they do earthing pads (about £35) that you could maybe try or if you visit the earthing threads on this forum and maybe even the original earthing website hosted by the founders, Clinton Ober et al you may find even cheaper ways of earthing yourself at night as an alternative to barefoot walking, in the UK it's not an option really at this time of year is it! From a fresh veg. perspective, winter greens here would be sprouts, cabbage and some spinach that grows during the winter. Kale maybe and there is still some chard around. To be honest I thought about the assertion of not eating what's not in season and find it a difficult concept. On the one hand Jack says watermelon is fab but I'm not sure we can grow it, bananas, well, yes, I think they have a lot to offer along with oranges and grapefruit, none of which grow here ever so does that mean we should never eat them?

    Fingers crossed you can make some progress with your issues, life must be a bit of a bugger. I know you are mega fatigued but apart from working and sleeping and focusing on food, are you able to manage a diversion of any sort? I have this image of you being very isolated and not really managing to enjoy yourself a little, maybe a walk, a bus ride or just doing something a little different would take your mind away from your issues for a while?
     
  10. seanb4

    seanb4 New Member

    @Sooperb

    First of all congratulations on dragging yourself through my boring mess of a journal, I thought it was only me and Caroline using it.

    Yeah the NHS is a mess. Such an important institute that accidentally does so much to damage people's health is depressing/embarrassing.
    The secret to getting them to do stuff is being persistent, assertive, and friendly. I do not mention my views on diet and health as I know they will instantly write me off as a loony and think that my diet is the cause of all my problems. Try and spin everything in a way that makes sense to conventional wisdom. Eg instead of saying I avoid bread/whatever because we are not meant to eat it, from an evolutionary perspective, and it damages our health, say I avoid bread cause my gut doesn't handle it well.
    Once you have described all the trial and error you've done and the tests that came back negative the practitioner will no doubt be stumped. It is then that you suggest something they don't usually test for. Make sure you make a strong, logical case and don't take no for an answer, insist that something has to be done! It might take you a fair few trips to the GP for this but be persistent!
    I think this will probably be harder, the older you are. I think they are willing to try more things because I am younger but still it is an absolute ball ache.

    You said you are new to this. Have you tried GAPS diet or low fodmap's diet? They are generally good for people with gut issues.

    At first I found raw food really bland but I think that's because I was eating generally bland food (cod). I have been eating raw mackerel recently and found that it is tasty, usually cooked mackerel taste overpowers me after a few bites then starts to taste disgusting however I don't have this problem with raw mackerel. I guess cooking makes the minerals more readily available or something hence the strong taste.

    I am still way confused about what people are eating for carbs in winter. I am just going to eat raw fish only for the next week and see if that satiates me, nutrient wise.

    Yea life is not great for me at the moment. I want to make a positive impact on the world but that always seems to involve me having energy. I want to have a career based in something that does genuine good (ie, not retail), I want to get back doing mma, I want to go out and socialise, have fun, make other peoples life's better. All these require energy, I'm doing some of these stuff now to some extent but it is killing me inside knowing what I have the potential to be, what I am capable of, and the pathetic mess I have become.
    An example of this is how in-congruent I feel with women as of late. I know I am capable of attracting attractive women, what's holding me back is knowing that my extreme fatigue and low libido will mean that the girl gets an unfair deal out of any sort of relationship. Also my body is not much to look at, constantly bloated stomach and puffy nipples is not "in" at the moment.
    I am basically "writing off" these years until I get my health fixed. I will earn the money for proper tests, and research health in the next however long it takes. Then when I have finally got my health fixed, and I will, I don't want to live like this, I will resume my life.
     
  11. caroline

    caroline Moderator

    Hi Sean ..... Have you tried Inger's MHS? mackerel head smoothie .... I think you would really enjoy it - if you haven't already

    in case you haven't ..... a mackerel head, some water, fresh lemon juice and coriander or parsley ...and then blend the crap out of it! ;)

    I hope you start getting this under control soon .... you have so much to offer.....

    Are you grounding and sucking up as much sun/energy as possible? do something crazy and peculiar ....talk to children and absorb their energy and creativity and joy.........without being arrested - of course!

    How is your sleep?
     
  12. seanb4

    seanb4 New Member

    Not tried the MHS yet, want to but my blender is terrible, it struggles cutting up cabbage. I think I might make a broth out of them or just give them to the cats. I find it is easy to eat smaller fish head like sprats, is that recommended, just eating them whole?

    Still have the mains grounding wire attached to my computer desk however have not been using it during sleep after you told me it was dirty grounding electricity. Would this mean the sleep pads that collect to the electricity socket are bad too?

    That reminds me, sooperb, how did grounding effect you, what differences did you notice?

    I monitor my light levels diligently and sit next to an open window, I try to get as much skin as I can exposed when I'm outside but I'm not outside very often.

    Yeah I actually do work with kids fittings in the shoe shop, not been arrested yet.

    My sleeps not very good, I wake up several times and usually have to pee at least once, I also still feel tired when I wake, but then again I feel tired all day so I don't think that's sleeps fault, I think it's something else.
    Last night I woke up lots throughout the night however I think this is because my room is very cold now (no heating, window open) and I am waking up because I am very cold.
     
  13. Hemming

    Hemming New Member

    I picked up 8kg of fish bones/heads yesterday and made a huge batch of broth and then separated all of the meat etc. from the bones/heads. These fish were so big that you can't blend/eat the enitre head. I do eat mackerel heads but I also think that they are about the biggest fish heads you can blend in a 'normal' blender. If you boil the mackerel its no problem eating the heads whole.
    I think its a shame that so many fish bones/heads are being thrown out. I get all of my fish bones/heads for free and with those 8kg I get 2-3litres of broth and enough food for a week - eating only that.
     
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2013
  14. sooperb

    sooperb New Member

    Raw fish heads, blended? Well I guess the bones might provide calcium but are there any other benefits? I confess to not having made much progress reading Jack's book so I haven't made the link to this eating raw meat and fish idea but I bought a piece of tuna yesterday with the idea of using it for carpaccio and whilst cutting up meat for tea I tried some raw, not something I've ever ventured to do before. I was surprised that it just tasted, well, like meat. It was a bit chewier but I think I could eat it without any problem.

    Mackerel is ok, I like it smoked but raw, well, not sure. Just told my hubby about the raw heads, he's gone a bit green and said you're all barmy, his usual response to anything outside his comfort zone lol. Pickled herring, known as roll mops here, are raw and not too bad, funnily enough he likes them lol.

    I have related my experiences using the earthing sheet on the thread about earthing on this forum. To recap, it took a lot of getting used to, the first few nights were very uncomfortable and unsettling and I hardly slept. I experienced a lot of tingling in my fingers and toes which wasn't unpleasant. Once adapted I found I slept better and for longer, my anxiety levels are almost non-existent and a lot of aches and pains have vanished. I still get palps but these seem related to dreams or triggered by either alcohol or too much sugar intake. I barely drink now but I'm still trying to crack the sugar intake.

    I'm moving towards the leptin reset, I've dunked my face in cold iced water, I liked it a lot. The afterglow is lovely. I have to go out now but I will be back :) I think you're right Sean, you can afford to put your life on hold for a while until you sort out your gut issues. Dealing with romance would just be a diversion too far. You will get there because you want to and you're motivated.
     
  15. seanb4

    seanb4 New Member

    I think the benefits of fish heads lies in the fact your eating the brain/eyes. These will contain higher concentrations of certain vitamins and minerals.

    Yeah I think it helps to be barmy if you're posting on these boards. :confused:

    Okay so is your earthing sheet connected to the mains or to a pole outside? How much did it cost? Did you make it yourself?
     
  16. Hemming

    Hemming New Member

    In Asia fish eyes are considered a healthy thing to eat and not something strange to eat.
     
  17. sooperb

    sooperb New Member

    I started with a sheet connected to a house socket. It cost, gulp, £130 or so, I think they do them a little cheaper now. (BEP Technologies or search Amazon, there are a couple of companies). That worked well enough but after using it for several months I started wondering if it was still working so i bought a rod, the rod is just pushed into the soil. Fortunately we have a front garden and the lead is way long enough to drop from the first floor and connect (Hubby wasn't too impressed with that either). The result of using the rod was that I had to acclimatise all over again which surprised me, evidently it has a stronger effect. The sheet is made from cotton which has silver woven into it which I guess joins you up to the earth. I have read that you can make your own and there seems to be a variety of ways, some perhaps not so comfortable as they involve wire mesh :) One thing I would say was that I didn't see any change to my gastric problems using the sheet. You can buy patches similar to those they attach the leads to for an ECG and these plug into either a rod or the domestic socket. They are primarily for local pain or wounds to help speed up the healing etc.

    Best liquidiser I ever bought was my Vitamix, it pulverises everything. I can put rock hard parmesan cheese in, run it and end up with parmesan powder. It's powerful, I use it a lot for very smooth smoothies lol. Alas cheap it wasn't. Some come up from time to time on ebay but they still sell for around £200. There's another make, Blendtech, which I reckon is as good and perhaps a bit cheaper. I considered mine an investment to be honest, it does such a lot.

    I'm still not rushing to buy the fish heads :)
     
  18. seanb4

    seanb4 New Member

    Hmm, that is a heavy investment. I kinda make shifted my own by connecting an anti-static wrist band to the grounded wire outlet but it didn't really make a difference for me. Could be because dirty electricity...
     
  19. seanb4

    seanb4 New Member

    Been eating raw foods recently and have encountered a few problems so stopping temporarily. I've been eating mostly raw fish, tried beef, marrow and beef fat but found them to taste like ass and very hard to eat. I was swallowing them almost whole because they weren't chewable.

    So far eating raw hasn't helped my stomach problems at all and I think this is because my stomach has a problem mechanically. All my problems start as soon as I consume anything, if food intolerances were an issue then I assume problems would only start when the food reaches the intestines (leaky gut). I don't think they would start in the stomach. Also water shouldn't cause any problems whatsoever with intolerances however with me it gives the same symptoms. This makes me believe it is not anything to do with WHAT I am eating but just anything making my stomach throw a fit.

    An example: Say I drink some water after a light meal I can feel the water go down my oesophagus and then push hard to get from the end of my oesophagus into my stomach. As soon as this happens I get an uncomfortable, pressure like, pain in my stomach, this uncomfortable pain maintains for hours after a meal, depending on size. It's as though my stomach is really full and is struggling to fit in anything more. Afterwards I will most likely experience a feeling of food coming back up but with no burning or vomiting (yet?).
    It's like my stomach is getting stressed every time it is stressed but why? Think I'm going to make a post on this.
     
  20. sooperb

    sooperb New Member

    I have read that Siberian pine nut oil is excellent for stomach disorders. Again it's not cheap :( I was also reading recently that organic seed oils work well too. Have you tried coconut oil? It is much cheaper even organic and raw. I read a book called "Survival of the Fittest" by Dr. Mike Stroud which recounts the trip across the Arctic with Ranulph Fiennes. Apart from being a gripping adventure, Mike was responsible for taking frequent blood samples as part of the bio hack. He came up with some surprising results, one, that Dr. Kruse will support, is that they survived for quite some time just eating fat.

    I'm hoping you can crack this soon Sean, I feel for you, it must be rough not being able to make any progress.
     

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