Yesterday started pleasantly but had some REALLY uncomfortable periods! As we drove away from the city we had to visit for the funeral, the post-storm weather just plain lovely. The richly-blue sky was studded with enough fluffy little clouds to set off its beauty. The air smelled good and we could even scent the conifers by the side of the highway. We decided to visit another of the Missouri state parks that lay pretty much in our way as we returned home.
Rewind about ten hours -- after the funeral i had about a glass of "cremante de Limoux" because, as Napoleon put it, in victory we DESERVE champagne whereas in defeat we NEED it. Immediately pre-drive, there had been beautiful strawberries on the breakfast buffet, and i indulged in a small bowlful garnished with cream cheese (after my bacon and eggs). As we got out of the car at the park, i was oddly stiff, and walking only loosened me up a little. Our late lunch included a few ingredients i SHOULD have avoided under normal circumstances, but i thought a small amount wouldn't hurt. WRONG.
I'm glad i wasn't driving. I felt crummy as all hell, and SLEEPY too. We're always told that post-meal sleepiness can be attributed to rebound hypoglycemia, but i've tested myself on occasion when it happened, and it wasn't THAT. I know now -- it's HIT, a histamine "attack."
I hadn't been traveling with my DAO supplement, but i'll never omit it again, and i had even exhausted my purse-supply of benedryl. Knowing from experience that nicotine gum is a good remedy for excessive fatigue, i popped a 2mg nugget and took out my smartphone....
Turns out, nicotine has a lot of virtues that people never hear about, who grew up during the push to discourage smoking. You need to be using some pretty high dosages to become hooked on the stuff -- a few milligrams a day isn't going to do it. In fact, almost all of the deleterious effects of "tobacco use" are the result of setting the damned stuff on fire, or concentrating its properties, or inserting it in what Dr. Donaldson termed "sacred ground" (the nose). Native Americans used it for god-knows-how-long without developing "diseases of civilization." ..."Civilization" -- HAH!
Although study design makes all the difference, nicotine seems to be a good anti-inflammatory as well as an antihistamine. It's legendary as an energizing relaxant, like hot tea. Perhaps one of the reasons people like to smoke after a meal is that it DOES allay histamine reactions to food.
At any rate, i felt better pretty soon after i took the "nicotine cure." We arrived home, did all we needed to do, i made a quick burger dinner for us (it was later than our usual dinner hour), and i made my next mistake -- i put a slice of cheese on my beef and about a tablespoonful of "grapefruit barbecue sauce." No problem YET.... I got to bed early and slept well for about four hours, but my throat was feeling a bit raw, and instead of having a zinc lozenge i made a cup of coconut-milk hot chocolate. The "histamine bucket" overflowed.
If you've ever read up on the HIT concept, you've probably heard the bucket analogy. Throughout the day, thimbleful by thimbleful, we add to our histamine load with what we breathe, rub on our skin, eat or don't intake enough of, and also through frustration or annoyance -- our emotions and ... even THOUGHTS OF FOOD. If one is inclined to under-produce the breakdown enzyme, DAO, through age, hormone production, or whatever, the threshold can be reached in an unpredictable way!
When circumstances are less than ideal, it well behooves us to take the very best care of ourselves. This is NOT the time for saying "i deserve a forbidden treat" -- but rather, eat ONLY, drink ONLY, supplement and spice and scent ONLY with THE most harmless known substances. Now, THAT is life-affirming.