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Posted on Friday, December 11, 2009 - 11:40 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Do you find by chance that you are more to catch a cold/flu when you are not abiding by a strict no-FGA diet?

For me, I don't know if it's because I'm not taking as many supplements as I usually do, or if I'm challenging my immune system by ingesting things that are not right for me, but I've gotten sick twice in the last 2 months (very rare based on past years).

I'm surprised especially since I have been taking lots of vitamin D (corrected a huge deficiency identified in March, and continued taking 5,000 IU vit D daily).

I have not been taking a multi-vit, and my diet isn't exactly fair or balanced, so I'm not sure if it's based on what I'm eating, what I'm not taking, or completely random occurrence (e.g. someone sneezing in an elevator).

Any thoughts?

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Posted on Friday, December 11, 2009 - 12:03 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Mike, poor guy you are having your problems this month. As for me, I don't have to use an inhaler, nasal spray, claritin, or Sinus headache meds. since I started ridding my system of FGA. I do notice that when I get a headache from FGA it manifests itself in the sinus area and the headache creeps up the back of my neck to the side of the head. So I assume that a lot of my "sinus" problems were inflammation from the FGA. I am noticing something very interesting that I have little control over. On a few occasions I have gotten a migraine when I know I have not done anything to warrant it. I did notice that it has been when I cooked a bunch of meals for an elderly aunt who insists on canned gravy on her EVERYTHING. Yesterday I picked up a cooked chicken, Purdue for her meals and on the way home it really was bothering me in the car. Sure enough I had a headache at the customary 3 am. It also happened at a family gathering where they had chafing dishes with all sorts of FGA laden foods. I brought my own and have been particularly careful. I am suspecting that the smell is penetrating and making me sick. That is going to be hard to fix. Today I got everything laid out and went into hiding while my husband put the auntie"s food together with the fan on and windows open. We'll see. But in answer to your question the inflammation that comes with FGA feels like sinus problems and colds, I believe it lowers our resistance because I am in general more healthy now. Good Luck Mariann
Marnie B.
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Posted on Friday, December 11, 2009 - 3:29 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

After 30 years of excessive sinus infections, 2 rounds of allergy testing showing zero allergies, sinus surgery and medications for a constant post nasal drip, I can assure you that it is no coincidence I have had zero colds or other sinus problems in the past year since I became FGA-free. I quit MSG to try to stop my migraines and I was shocked to find my Fibromyalgia and sinus problems disappeared, too.
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Posted on Saturday, December 12, 2009 - 8:25 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Marnie, I am with you. I started this to help a couple of problems and I was so pleasantly surprised to find that it cleared up tons of symptoms. One of the ladies on the Avoiding Corn forum was diagnosed with a corn allergy after her doctor decided to test her for allergies for repeated sinus infections (boy did she luck out with that doctor). That was her only symptom and once she started avoiding corn food additives, her sinus infections cleared up. Did you have the IgE test done? It seems that some people on the corn forum have their allergies confirmed with testing but some don't show any allergies even though an elimination diet cures their symptoms. I think corn and soy allergies can be very tricky.

Mariann, I know that I have gotten reactions from just going to the produce section of Walmart because of its proximity to the steamtable. Lots of people on the avoiding corn forum report allergy symptoms from airborne fumes from corn. It makes me wish that we had something I read about in a futuristic Isaac Asimov novel - it was a nose filter that was unnoticeable to others. :-) I try hard to keep from offending people when I am refusing to ingest their food or suffer contact with their lotions, colognes, hairsprays, etc. You might have to buy one of those respirators that painters wear, huh? I have been tempted to wear gloves and a mask when I shop, myself. LOL

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Posted on Sunday, December 13, 2009 - 7:18 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

How about a jar of raw unprocessed natural honey?

Eat several tablespoons directly and brush your teeth after. (I you want to dilute it in water, do not put in HOT water, warm water is maybe acceptable.)
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Posted on Sunday, December 13, 2009 - 7:52 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Interesting point Zoomer about not putting honey in HOT water.

Two days ago at the health food store, I asked: "Does it make sense to pay a premium for RAW honey that is not treated with heat, only to dump it in HOT water point of use?"

She answered she just eats a tsp a day (from the spoon).

Because I've over-indulged calorie wise this holiday season, and need to lose 9 pounds, I think I'll focus on low-carb garlic :-)


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