Today is the second anniversary of my blog's "birth," and spans the most significant learning experience in the course of my 58 years!
I've learned how to "cure" my ills with diet and supplements. I've learned that, save the first two months of my life, most of what's been wrong with me has been MALNUTRITION, even though I also have a few nasty genetic inheritances which predisposed me to metabolic FFF-ery*. I've learned that Conventional Wisdom is anything BUT. Always remember, Common Sense is that which tells us the earth is flat....
I've learned that ketosis is not only an excellent tool for weight control, it's also a powerful agent of mental and physical wellness. That which evens out blood-sugar and normalizes fasting insulin, by doing so protects the most delicate and important organs of the body. Conversely, what disrupts our barrier-organs lets in the enemies of life ... and the quality of what remains of it.
I've learned not only that those healthywholegrains AREN'T, but that the foodstuffs which EVERY diet's proponents can agree to be cornerstones of bodily health can be the worst destroyers of all. Even colorful, leafy, low-starch vegetables have a dark side, and to some of us they're the very devil. Those probiotic, fermented plant foods that are the darlings of primal-paleo-WAPF aficionados? To the histamine-intolerant they are SATAN.
Balance and moderation are fine for the already-thriving. The experiences of that jock who did the Overeating Experiment have clearly shown that although there are some body-composition differences between very-high- and very-low-carb diets in the very-healthy population, not much REALLY changed VISIBLY with him. (What happened to his innards is likely a different story.) An "unbalanced" and "immoderate" diet has been a godsend to ME.
I've learned how very individual we all are. Although I remain an enthusiast for reading reviews of others' experiences, a lot of us are stubborn outliers of the norm. And it's all about chemistry! From SNPs to neurotransmitters to hormones, there IS such a thing as a unique snowflake -- or at least, each snowflake is rare enough to be ALMOST unique, for all intents and purposes.
I've learned that having a safe place to vent is a valuable safety valve -- the difference between an intention-required site and ranting on facebook (for the world to see) is significant! I can bitch about ANYTHING (anyone?), and my "nearest and dearest" aren't likely to know about it. ...I need to memorize that quote about a prophet having no glory in his home town....
Most of all, I value this experience for teaching me how I can fix my own life and health. Our society is so authority-obsessed, we've been brainwashed to think that a yearly checkup actually helps us remain WELL. Nothing could be further from the truth! The state of medical education and the industry is such that practitioners are taught to test for indicators of trouble in apparently-healthy people, and to take numbers of dubious significance (and ONLY those numbers) as Holy Writ. A non-issue (like TC over 200) is "helped" with drugs of proven harm, and a TSH of 3 is considered just fine. Mammography is popularly looked on as preventative, and not a CAUSE of harm as it is in many cases! I TRUST THE MEDICAL PROFESSION LIKE TRUST LAWYERS.
I started writing a blog to share what worked for me, because at the time I wasn't finding that kind of information from others in the same boat. Since then, I've found a multitude of sources, some helpful and some not. But the virtue of the internet is in the richness of information from "ordinary people" like me -- gone are the days when only a chosen elite get to publish what they believe! THAT is a cause for celebration!
* thanks to Wooo and Cow for the expression that means ... well ... you can guess. ;-)