|Gary in Sooke|
|Posted on Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 10:44 am: || |
Previously, Deb said "What is always amazing to me is how the body heals itself with excitotoxin elimination."
About a month ago now, I awoke with excruciating pain in my back, around my sides and across my chest. Having being monitoring my BP and pulse for the last couple of years due to high and spiking BP, I knew it wasn't a heart attack. A friend dragged me to the chiropractor suspecting I'd pinched a nerve somehow while sleeping, but the chiropractor didn't think so and wanted me to go see a doctor. I knew it wasn't food poisoning as three of us had eaten exactly the same food the previous night and they were fine. Shake and Bake Pork. There's the clue.
I spent 2 days in great pain, was vomiting, deep chills and sweats, hot patches on lips, nostrils, ears and scalp, aches and pains and cramps, and emotional swings from euphoria to weeping, and periods of brain freeze, confusion and irritability with self and others.
By day 3 I could keep coconut water down, and early on day 4 I managed to eat a soft banana, and later a coddled egg, and then on to yogurt, rice, and more eggs. On day 4 I also managed to fire up my computer and check into the suspicion of MSG that had come to me during my many hours of tossing and turning in the first 3 days, and sure enough found other similar accounts, one describing the ordeal as like being 'shot in the back with the blast going all the way through to the chest.
So I decided to go totally MSG free as I slowly started back into solid food, and from about day 6 I started to notice improvements, firstly in my vision, which had been very blurry.
On day 8 I took my BP for the first time since getting sick. I had been on meds for 30 months after suffering vision loss and high BP, which they suspected was a TIA, a mini-stroke, but many tests and diagnostics and specialist consultations could find no underlying cause, and the scans for TIA/stroke damage were inconclusive.
I had gone 30 months with meds where my BP was still around 160/100 most of the time, and spiked up to 190/110, but when I took more meds, I had absolutely no energy, laboured breathing, vision oddities, nausea, and I just couldn't function, so had compromised with trying to keep my BP below 160.
After 8 days without meds, my BP was 141/88, and has remained around there up till now, 1 month after my ordeal.
So now I am eating very simple, but increasing the diversity of ingredients as I check them all out before adding them to my diet. I seem to be heading towards the Mediterranean diet model, and am quite enjoying it.
So, after a month, I feel like 10 years has been taken off my age, feeling better physically and mentally than I have for years. Here is the list so far:
BP around 145/85 in the morning, lying down it falls to as low as 123/75.
Eyesight the best it has been for a long time. Colours are rich and vibrant, and I will soon no longer need driving glasses as the focus has sharpened considerably already.
A chronic scalp condition that I could not get rid of cleared up completely by day 9, and I notice a great improvement in skin tone on my face, with some deep lines actually appearing to lessen in severity.
A wheezy asthma greatly reduced after just a few days, and now my breathing is completely clear. My stamina and energy levels are incredible, and I can now run up and down my steep property like I did 20 years ago.
Sleep regularity. I am now on the go from 6 am to midnight, with energy still in store. Sleep right through, wake up with no grogginess, raring to go.
All the muscular aches and pains, along with tendon and joint popping and cracking, stiffness and soreness has gone. My body feels like a well oiled machine, with much greater flexibility.
Piriformis syndrome. I'd been living with effects of the sciatic nerve being pinched by the piriformis muscle, a genuine pain in the butt, for about 4 years, but just in 3 weeks, the pain is about 80 percent reduced.
And bowel movements. More regular and easy that they have ever been, and I do not get gas or have bubbling, gurgling noises from my gut.
Cataract in one eye that I had not been able to get fixed due to my blood pressure problems has thinned quite noticeably. I bet it will clear completely in time.
The mental/ emotional changes have also been incredible. I did not realise it until after my detox, that I had been depressed. Yes, MSG will do that, but it occurs over a long time period, so goes unnoticed, until it is gone. My spirits have soared, my outlook now very positive, and doubt and confusion gone. My mind now feels sharp and clear, and concentration and logic is much improved.
And most recently, now 1 month into detox, the ringing in my ears is noticeably quieter, cataract still seems to be thinning.
My detoxing started, unintentionally, with what is called a Water Fast, where after 3 days of water only, the body goes into a different mode of metabolism, and I think that the Cold Turkey detox will be much more effective than slowly trying to cut down MSG intake. And thinking back over the years, the MSG thing explains many incidences of odd illness and pains and vision blurriness that I had put down to food poisoning, and I suppose it was a poisoning really, but from MSG and not bacteria.
A big thanks to Deb for putting up this web site and the chat room, and hopefully many others will use the information found on here to allow them to regain their better health. As Deb said, once MSG is dropped from the diet, the body can repair itself in the most amazing and rapid way, a truly wonderful and beautiful thing to behold, once the excitotoxins are gone. Thanks Deb.
|Posted on Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 3:07 pm: || |
Gary, Congrats, You are indeed a success story! We *all* owe Deb (and her hubby) a huge thank you for putting up this website. You are probably the first person I've ever come across that also has had relief from their sciatic nerve (and butt pain) by eliminating FGA. Everyone for years has thought I am nuts.
|Gary in Sooke|
|Posted on Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 10:39 am: || |
Hi Di, yes, it makes sense that if MSG inhibits Myelin production that our repair mechanisms can not do their job. The sciatic nerve damage, from physical pressure, had lessened since I quit sitting down so much, and I have been standing at my computer now for nearly 4 years! However, it had plateaud it seems at a still painful level, particularly when driving, so had to think twice about driving even 20 miles, as it would set things off again. No problems driving now!
And just this morning, the ringing in my ears is definitely much reduced and I bet another week and it will be gone. Have put up with that for 5 or 6 years that I can recall.
I'm now trying to get my cousin to try the Water Fast method, as she too has bad ringing in her ears. as well as thyroid problems, sleep irregularities, and shaking in her hands and fingers. I'll bet those ailments would all clear up with a detox.
It just baffles me that MSG is allowed to be shoveled into just about everything in the supermarket when it is known to have such a negative effect on a lot of people. I was jut reading today about one doctor who says that most people who claim gluten sensitivity in fact do not have it, and that it really may not exist as described, but is a big money maker right now for the Gluten-Free products that are proliferating. I have the feeling that the real, root cause may again be MSG, which is disrupting other functions in the body and producing the gluten intolerance problems. I'm going to try and convince my friends son, in his early 20's, to go MSG free, as he has been going for tests and diagnostics for 3 or 4 years now for suspected gluten sensitivity, and other digestive problems, but is still having problems. Has to be worth a few days out of his life to do the MSG detox test.
|Posted on Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 1:32 pm: || |
Gary, You would think that many people who have symptoms that could be related to MSG/FGA would think it has to be worth a few days out of their life to avoid it, but I have not come across anyone. I've been telling my family and friends they should avoid it for 7 years, but to no avail. I must not be very convincing and they are addicted to their 'food' so can't give it up.
I didn't know about the myelin production, can you please tell me where you read about that, I'd really like to read up on it.
My husband has severe tinnitus and although he eats some of the same things I eat, he's not willing to give up a lot of his favorites that contain FGA....and his ears continue to ring. I'll show him your posts and I hope maybe one day he will be convinced.
|Gary in Sooke|
|Posted on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 2:30 pm: || |
Hi Di, I read about MSG and Myelin on a few sites and thought at first that MSG prevented the repair process, but then I read that MSG initiates a chain of chemical reactions that prevents Myelin production by the body, so the repair mechanism may still be working, but it has no supply of Myelin to use in its repair work.
I think I read that on this site about MS, but maybe not, I have looked at a lot of info on this subject lately.
I'm trying to get my tenants daughter to do the MSG detox, she is loosing out in her battle with MS, and still eats lots of 'comfort food', but I think it is never too late to reverse the MS symptoms to some degree. And yes, it is very strange to note how many people will not even give the detox a try, and I think that is because the addiction is so strong.
I also was looking into autism, found this interesting vid by a Doctor with an autistic daughter:
|Gary in Sooke|
|Posted on Saturday, June 07, 2014 - 11:16 am: || |
Just read this, which would seem to indicate that the 3 day fasting I underwent may be very important, even for those who do not have MSG related issues.
Fasting for three days can regenerate entire immune system, study finds
So though getting the MSG out of my system seems to have had amazing results, and with the days of withdrawal sysmptoms that I'm sure were due to the MSG, the repair may be more due to the fast? Maybe Ill try it again and see if there are even more benefits to be had!
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|Posted on Friday, February 20, 2015 - 4:05 pm: || |
Very good information on this web site. I have avoided MSG and most of it's relitaves for years. Just this past Dec. I found ( the hard way) another ingredient to avoid 100% it's TBHQ it is poison and an instant migrane. Avoid this additive.
|Posted on Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 10:03 am: || |
Yes, that TBHQ is bad...Hersey's uses it now in most of their products and I have seen it cropping up in others.
|Posted on Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 9:54 pm: || |
What is TBHQ and what is its purpose?
|Gary in Sooke|
|Posted on Monday, September 28, 2015 - 7:47 pm: || |
"What is TBHQ and what is its purpose?"
I just looked it up, more nasty stuff I am NOT eating nowadays!
Just an update from me, after 18 months now of eating "clean", and life is good! Apart from a couple of times when I have knowingly consumed processed food, all the ailments I used to have are gone, not a single day of the fibromyalgia like pain that I used to get, asthma gone, breathing better than I have for years, eyesight good, etc, I'd say I've been reborn!
Frustrating that the mainstream media have little interest in exposing the facts, but not surprising as so much of their advertising revenue must come from junk food corporations! So just word-of-mouth, but if I save even one other person from going through the same pain and sickness it is worth it.
Presently looking into the possible blood type association, my sister and her kids are all Rh-negative, (me too) and her son just had a very bad experience after a Chinese take-out, violently ill, so she is now taking me more seriously than before. My sisters both get migraines and sweats sometimes, but they really don't want to give up their 'treats'. Must be addicted I think.
My diet has expanded some though still pretty basic, but I don't mind one bit, I'm not going hungry by any means, and the benefits are well worth the living without junk food. I saw a piece by Christine Le Grand of the heart and stroke foundation called "Cut the Crap", that about sums it up for us all I think!
Thanks again to Deb for your efforts here, God bless.