"I only get one life and I will not let Fibromyalgia take the joy from my living it."

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Sense of a Vegetarian

Have I mentioned lately that I hate cooking meat? Argh! I can never tell if the raw meat has gone bad or not. All meat smells like it has gone bad to me because the smell of any raw meat makes me want to throw up. Especially if there is blood in the package! I could totally never be a vampire, Team Edward or not. I'm always calling my husband into the kitchen to tell me if the meat is still good because I cannot tell. And I don't trust the dates on the labels when it smells foul to me. Well, tonight he called on his way home and said that he was hungry so I said that I would start dinner. Shredded pork tostadas, a Pampered Chef recipe. Once again I'm thinking "this really makes me want to be a vegetarian. I don't know how I'll eat this meal after making it." My hubs isn't here to tell me if the meat is still good. But there was blood in the bottom of the zip-loc bag that I had used to freeze the meat. When I threw the bag in the trash and smelled the meat in the pan by itself (yes, I'm still smelling) it didn't smell as strong. Other than the fact that there was part of a dead animal laying in my kitchen, nothing looked odd. So I'm cooking it and serving it to my husband. If you ever read another post from me you'll know that we made it. But don't get worried to quickly because you know that I've not been posting too frequently lately. The last thing I need is the CDC showing up at my door when we're trying to get a foster baby.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Applied Kinesiology

I went back for my second appointment to the chiropractor who does what he told me is applied kinesiology. I was very excited to get to take a few items that I use every day to be tested to see if I have a weakness toward them. I also took in my boxes of broth and cream of mushroom soup to have him look at them to see if they really were less MSG. He said that the boxes soups were better because they did have less MSG. But they still did have some. It's misleading because across the front it says "No Added MSG". However it has yeast extract which has some MSG in it. But it's still less. So it's a better choice than the can. He gave me some other suggestions I'm going to check into. So, on to my progress. He retested all my strengths and weakness from last week. There was a little progress, but I don't think he was really impressed. However, I had significant improvement on my weakness to MSG. He gave held the vial with the magnet up to me and then had me hold out my arm. I tried to keep him from being able to push my arm down. And I was able to hold it much more than last week! IT WAS AMAZING! What an amazing difference. I guess the treatment really did work. So I gave him a few items that I use everyday to test me. First was my little k-cup that goes in our coffee pot. Don't freak out, it's decaf. Okay, not always. But this one was. No reaction. Yay! Then I was tested for my Truvia that I put in my coffee. It's a natural sweetener that is made with the stevia plant. No reaction. He had tested me against stevia and got no reaction as well. Then we came to my little sticks of flavored Splenda. Now I'm getting nervous. But I was fine. No reaction. Yay! And, no, I don't use the flavored Splenda and Truvia in the same cup of coffee. Finally I had my tiny individual cups of flavored coffee creamer. This one happened to be Vanilla Latte. Love it! He put the magnet against it and then held them against me. I put my arm up and he pushed down. I tried to hold strong. Uh oh! He said, "try again." Nooooooo! I have a weakness against coffee creamer! It's the end of the world! Okay, maybe not really. But I was disappointed. He tested me against aspartame and I went weak. Since I didn't have the box with me I didn't have the ingredients. But he said he thinks maybe it has aspartame for which I evidently have an intolerance. I'm hoping that it's whatever it is that makes it be able to not be refrigerator. Only so I can continue to use my refrigerator creamer : ) I'm recently addicted to the coconut flavor in my iced coffee. So I can use Truvia and Splenda, but lay off the aspartame. If I want to cut it out avoid diet sodas and gum, etc. But he went ahead and treated me for it just as he did MSG last week. Since I tested strong for MSG this week he did not treat me for MSG again. I got another adjustment and then he checked on my progress with my exercises. I had trouble with the ones where your arms go above your head. It's because my shoulders are one of my major trouble areas. So he did a treatment where I moved my arms while he squeeze certain acupressure points. I'm not going to lie. It hurt. But he said that I did good because most people curse. Now I don't have to go back for another month, unless I have pain and need to go in.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

What Makes Me Weak

It's been 11 months since we moved. I've not had regular chiropractic care for 11 months now. Since I've not been getting my regular adjustments I had to begin taking preventative medication for migraines. I decided it was finally time to get back to what has been a saving grace for me for so long. I asked around and got a recommendation for a guy that sounded really good and uses some alternative methods. Of course I waited until I was three days in a row with migraines before I finally made an appointment, but I finally got there. It was a very interesting initial assessment. Chiropractic care has always been seen as a type of alternative medicine. The type that he and his father do in their clinic is considered even a little more alternative than just regular chiropractic. He tested the different strengths all over my body looking for weaknesses. Then he tried to find what triggered the weaknesses. I'll try to explain. I hold my arm out in front of me and he presses down. I'm supposed to try to keep him from pressing down. Then I repeat the same exercise but with my head bent forward, then backward, then to one side, then the other. He found that as long as my head was up straight I was fine. But if I turned my head in any direction or bent my neck in any direction I became weakened. Similar tests were done over the entire body. Then he looked for my intolerances, like allergies that make me weak or sick. The same type of strength test was performed using an area where I was strong. This time he took a vial with something in it, held a big magnet behind it and pressed it against my body. Then tried to see if I could keep him from pressing my arm down. I was good. Tried a couple more vials and still good. Then we got to one vial where all the sudden I couldn't hold my arm up. It was the weirdest thing. When he held that vial next to me and pressed down on my arm, I had no control to keep my arm up. He changed vials and I was strong again. Go back to the bad vial and I was suddenly weak again. So what was in that blasted vial? MSG! I have a weakness against MSG. He said that was a very common thing in people who suffer with headaches. You're probably thinking the same thing I was. So now I have to completely cut out all MSG? He said that he can treat me to be able to tolerate some levels of MSG. But of course, it's best to try to decrease your intake. We'll get back to that. But first he tried a bunch of other vials. We talked about people with Fibromyalgia using the Candida diet. He had Candida so he tested it on me. No reaction to it. Of course, using the Candida Diet with Fibromyalgia isn't because we have Candida, it just seems to help the symptoms. He said, "well, yeah, it's eating perfectly healthy." We talked about the treatment and the possibility of being able to come off my medicine for both the migraines and the vertigo. He has seen both of those be corrected from this treatment. He believes I could at least maybe decrease my medication. Also, the sensitivity, soreness, tension all associated with Fibromyalgia he believes could also be helped although he never claimed to be able to heal Fibro. He gave me a spinal adjustment and acupressure. Then a special type of acupuncture to build my tolerance to the MSG. I held a vial of the MSG and he used a little probe that sent electrical shock, which I could barely feel, into different points on my body. Then, while I was still holding the MSG, he used a laser and shot different points on my body. He gave me a set of exercises to do for my neck muscles and I go back in a weak. In the meantime I am going to try to pay attention to what I eat and notice the MSG content and see if I can decrease it.