Women Who Have Cured Their Autoimmune Disorders

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Here are three books by women who have healed their autoimmune disease.  This article is not intentionally about women only, I just couldn’t find any books written by men.  If you know any please add them to the comments below.

You can heal your lifeYou Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay, Hay House Publishing

Louise Hay is credited as a founder member of the self-help movement.  Louise was able to put her philosophies into practice when she was diagnosed with cancer.

Hay considered the alternatives to surgery and drugs, and instead developed an intensive program of affirmations, visualization, nutritional cleansing, and psychotherapy. Within six months, she was completely healed of cancer.

This book is hard to handle if you’re not ready to hear that you might be responsible for your own disease.  It’s an interesting read based on anecdotes and word of mouth, but there is also a truth that is hard to argue with.  That if your immune system can kill your platelets then your immune system is capable of stopping killing your platelets. Continue reading

A big list of The Best Autoimmune Disorder Blogs

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Autoimmune and Autoimmune-Related Diseases

The thing about Autoimmune disorders is that people rarely have just one.

We are making a huge list of great Autoimmune Blogs for those of us who are blessed with more than one Autoimmune Disorder.  If you have a great Autoimmune busting blog that please share below.  We are looking forward to collecting the most fantastic list on earth!

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Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM)

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Coconut Water – Treat or Treatment?

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As I learn more about the benefits and pleasures of coconut water I will continue to update this page.  But for now… Here is what I know

I started drinking a lot of coconut water in Bali.  It was everywhere, it was tropical, local and guaranteed to be sterile and safe to drink when you saw them open the coconut at your table.  I fell in love with the taste and found them so refreshing.

One day when I was buying coconuts at our local market, a woman who worked where we were staying, came over to speak with me.  She had seen the coconuts in my hand.  Her English was sparse and my Indonesian was non-existent, but she held her hands to her stomach and inclined her head.  With a pained face, she asked me, ‘Your tummy not good?  You have lady time?’

I smiled and shook my head.  My tummy was fine and it was not my ‘lady time’.  She could not understand why I was choosing to drink coconut water for no reason.  To her, it was medicine, to rehydrate the body, to calm the stomach, to relieve menstrual bloating and to give to ill children.

Now that I am back in Australia, I still drink a lot of coconut water, a few each week.  But always fresh from the coconut.  I make sure that I never buy it bottled.  The fresher the coconut water, the better. Once exposed to air and warm temperatures, it rapidly ferments and loses its nutritional value.

Paleo Week 3; Do I deserve a reward?

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For the past two weeks I have not craved sugar or salt.  I have been eating such clean, nutrient rich foods that I find myself forgetting about salt and sugars.  With gluggy carbs on my plate I no longer need huge amounts of water to digest it, and then salt to make the carbs edible and replace the salts I lost trying to digest it.

Which is why I was blown away in my third week of eating Paleo, when I found myself dreaming of a giant bowl of pasta.  I want it – Wanted it!  I thought I deserved a reward for how well I had done.  I thought that I wanted to eat a giant bowl of pasta. Continue reading

Paleo – Week Two

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This week I am feeling a dramatic increase in overall energy.  I wonder if it is a placebo – Perhaps I just feel better because I feel in control of my diet and have found new inspiration for food and ingredients.  Time will tell.

I am feeling more confident to tell friends and family that I am eating Paleo.  I am ordering different foods at cafes and I am asking more questions.  They are interested, so excited, others defensive about my choices.  I am enjoying discussing it with friends and family, and laughing at how many times I have been told, that you simply can’t do that.

At the end of week two eating paleo, my skin is starting to clear up.  Pimples are disappearing and black heads are shrinking. Continue reading

Cutting out the Chemicals

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Chemicals in our Foods

There are too many ingredients in our food that we do not know enough about.  While traveling through Indonesia, I recently came across a bird nest flavoured product.  The indregients actually listed Bird Nest Flavour as a component.  What this could possibly be?  I have no idea.  Even when we actively read the labels of the foods we consume, we might be no where near understanding what we are putting into our bodies.  Food additives, colourings and thickeners may all be listed, but where did they come from?  What are they made of and how?  As a patient trying to manage my own AuIm Disorder, I have enough chemicals in my system as it is.

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Going Paleo 

In high school, I learnt about drugs and chemicals in the body from our PE teacher and the lesson that stuck with me was the basic maths of drugs and chemicals, 1×1=3.  I don’t know nearly enough about the drugs I am taking to be certain that they are compatible with the plethora of chemicals in foods today.  Nor can I find anyone who is certain.  Therefore, I am going to do the most logical thing.  I am going to cut out the chemicals and I am going to do this by ‘Going Paleo’.

‘Going Paleo’ is not for everyone.

If you haven’t already heard about the Paleo diet, here it is in brief.  It is the modern day return to the diet of the Paleolithic man.  Before modern mass farming, genetically modified foods, refined sugars and pre packaged foods, human beings lived on a diet free from chemicals, which consisted of nuts, eggs, seeds, meats, vegetables and fruits.

‘Going Paleo’ is not for everyone.  Vegetarians and vegans will probably find this sort of diet, high in protein and eggs, far from a sensible option in terms of eating but I am not a Vegetarian or a Vegan, and   ‘Going Paleo’ has come highly recommended from the Autoimmune Disorder community.

If you are looking for a great introduction and blog to read about cutting out chemicals, I have to recommend Sarah Wilson’s blog.  this is one of the first blogs I found on line and it was such a please to read and follow.  I now have a few of her Cookbooks and Detox Programs.  I am still baking her blueberry muffins four years later.