Meanwhile, there are still seekers after improved health, some of whom have also moved on to other schemes, and some like me who have experienced improvement but insufficient wellness to satisfy ourselves, who keep tweaking and telling you about it.
Since returning from our son's farm in VA where our dog Spenser picked up a bacterium which nearly was an end to him, both my husband and i have also dealt with some health issues which i can't help but suspect of being related. J (the last one to catch "something" as he usually is) ended up with what looked like a virus that settled in his lungs, and which he recalls began when i got the super-vacuum that stirred up all the nasty stuff that was living in our bedroom carpet. I (earlier) got that horrible exacerbation of allergy which i subsequently identified as histamine/tyramine intolerance, which INSPIRED the purchase of the vacuum and bedroom super-air-filter. My studies into histamine intolerance led me into beginning a study of "chronic fatigue syndrome" -- something i think i've been dealing with for most of my 58 years, but which i've been too "proud" to admit widely.
I haven't even finished reading "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: a Treatment Guide" but i've learned some interesting things which i'm beginning to put into practice. Don't get me wrong -- the book is far from perfect (like, the authors aren't very savvy about diet), but i AM a big proponent of looking at the experiences of others and considering whether their tweaks might be helpful to me too. There's a LOT more reading to do, and i think i can safely promise to keep passing along what i've found valuable and helpful. ;-)
For now my message is, paleo isn't wrong, it's just incomplete. "Coincidentally," paleo foods -- "non-neolithic" foods -- ARE lower in toxins than what people have been eating for the last couple of thousand years ... ESPECIALLY the last 100. A big part of our modern malaise is because:
- "neolithic" diet foods are much higher in histamines, tyramines and salicylates as well as overt toxins;
- modern reliance on antibiotics for TOO MANY things have completely messed up our microbiota;
- "recent" cultural ideals promote health-eroding behavior;
- expecting drugs/medicine to be "the answer" cause society as a whole to hand over our responsibility for wellness to those who have a vested interest in promoting antagonistic practices.
I won't be surprised when i find that few people besides me find this a compelling reason to limit diet and influence behavior. My biggest problem is knowing that a lot of the suffering around me is self-inflicted, and that although i know my findings COULD help others it will be widely ignored. :-(