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Sheila G.
Posted on Wednesday, September 14, 2005 - 6:03 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I want to share the story of my 3 year battle with bronchitis. In August 2002 I began a new job in Memphis, TN, where I had lived all my life until 2003. I worked in a hundred-year-old wooden building on the Mississippi River. When I worked there it never occurred to me that there was mold in the building and that it was killing me. I came down with bronchitis in October 2002 after only 6 weeks on my new job. I was in bed for two weeks but even when I was able to return to work, I could not stop coughing.

I went to my primary care doctor, who basically told me to get over it (he didn't say it much more politely than that either). So I switched doctors in December 2002. My new doctor said my cough must be a result of allergies, so he referred me to an allergist. The allergist diagnosed me with asthma and put me on steroids, inhalers, allergy meds, and a strong dose of sulpha drugs. I got worse, not better. I moved to Washington in 2003 and started over with another primary care doctor. I was still coughing nonstop for 8 hours a day and intermittently for the other hours. This new primary care doctor said, "Yep! You have asthma, and you probably have a lung infection that just never healed. Let's try 2 back to back rounds of antibiotics to kill it." So I tried that, and I got even worse. Then I went to an allergy and asthma specialist who said he honestly couldn't figure out why I was coughing. He said he did not think I had asthma, and he sent me for some tests including an upper GI (he thought I had reflux that was making me cough). The tests all came back fine, and I was frustrated. I wanted answers. So I went to a pulmonologist in January 2004. He literally laughed when I told him that I felt sure there was some sort of infection in my lungs that was not treatable with antibiotics. He prescribed more steroids, more allergy meds, more inhalers, etc...I told him I had noticed that it got worse when I ate yogurt (Yoplait with lots of aspartame) or when I drank lemonade from concentrate (lots of corn syrup). At that time I knew nothing about the MSG connection. All I knew was that certain foods seemed to be making my condition worse.

By this time I had coughed so hard that I'd thrown several ribs out of place and I was in constant, severe chest pain. Finally, at my wits end, I poured out my soul in prayer, begging for an answer. That same day that I prayed so fervently, a friend of mine referred me to a naturopathic clinic in the area. I went there and found a wonderful doctor who immediately figured out that I had Candida albicans. He did some lab work just to confirm, and it turned out that his diagnosis was correct. I underwent a year and three months of treatment with him, which included taking nutritional supplements (up to 100 pills a day for over a year!). Oh well, I thought, at least it beats taking all those antibiotics and steroids. I spent $10,000 that year on supplements, but by the end of that time, my lung infection and chest pain was gone. What still bothered me, however, was that my energy was so low, especially after eating. I couldn't figure out why. I would spend hours during the day in bed while my kids fended for themselves. This was not like me at all.

Then in May 2005 my health crashed again. This time it was my gall bladder that flared up (no stones, just major inflammation). I couldn't even stand to be touched on my right side. I was only 29 years old, and I felt washed up as far as my health was concerned. It seemed that everyone I talked to wanted to tell me about what a good thing it was when they got their gall bladders out and that if I did the same, I would feel better too. All I could think was, "Doesn't ANYONE need their gall bladder?!" I know it is possible to live without one, but I didn't understand why so many people were having them removed.

Then a friend of mine told me about Debby's book. I called Debby and got a copy of the book in June 2005. I read it in one night. I felt like I'd blown way too much money on supplements and other health remedies, so I wanted to know if this was really worth my time. I decided to give it a trial run. I emptied my pantry of everything containing MSG in all of its deceptive labels. I restocked the shelves with whole foods and began cooking recipes from Debby's book. It was amazing. That night I ate a full meal with my family, and I didn't have one single problem with it! That was something I hadn't done in a year and a half because of my sugar-free, yeast-free, dairy-free Candida diet and my fat-free gallbladder diet. Before I found Debby's book, I had narrowed my food choices down to not much more than plain brown rice. How unhealthy is that! Yet it was the only thing I didn't seem to react to. But once I stopped using SeasonAll, gelatin, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, etc., all of a sudden I could eat more and more foods.

I have been healthy and full of energy now for 3 months--with no supplements or prescriptions, no costly doctor's visits, and no coughing or abdominal pain. The only time my symptoms have come back has been when I have eaten in a restaurant. So I try to be careful or just cook at home. I do not have asthma (I never did), allergies, gall bladder disease, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, or any other of a host of label and misdiagnoses that have been thrown at me. And I do not cough anymore!! I turned 30 last week, and I feel my life is just beginning--my life as a new, healthy me! Thank you, Debby!
Deb A.
Posted on Wednesday, September 14, 2005 - 7:10 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Sheila, I wish you could see my big grin! THANK YOU for taking the time to share what you have been going through. Each time a person gets well, I get more motivation to keep plugging along. We need to share these stories. We need to keep realizing what a horrendous substance MSG is and that we all need to spread the word in any way, shape or form that we can. Congrats to you, Carol, on your amazing election! You are going places I bet you never dreamed you would. "When we limit what we will do, we limit what we can do"...have tried to live by that thought since I was in college. I still sometimes try to stay in my own comfort zone, but when I step a little beyond it, my life is richer. Thanks to those who are willing to share their own horror stories, like Sheila, and those like Carol who keep stepping up to the plate. Thanks to all of you who are trying to make a difference.
Pam E.
Posted on Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 9:04 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I too was diagnosed with a sluggish gallbladder. Removal was recommended. I decided to do some research on the surgery. I found that gallbladder surgery was the NUMBER ONE surgery in the US today. I thought to myself...why...there has to be a reason?! So I continued to surf the web for answers and I also prayed for answers. My worst problem was severe back pain that would worsen to the point that it felt like someone had a rope around me and was squeezing as hard as they could. I also had bad sinus-type headaches. I could not sleep and was taking some heavy duty drugs for the pain. The end of January of this year I found this web site, and I thank God for it and all of you! I decided to try avoiding MSG and I now have symptoms only when I accidently ingest MSG, sulfites and other excitotoxins. I know now that I don't have gallbladder problems or GERD, which I also was diagnosed with. I never had any indigestion and could not believe that I had GERD in the first place. But, like the "Good Patient", I took the drugs perscribed. I now take NO drugs and am doing fine. I know people who have had their gallbladder out and still have symptoms, so it is obvious that the gallbladder was never the problem. My doctor has recently contacted me regarding the surgery. So, I plan on sending him a long letter and some literature, explaining what I believe to be true. MSG, sulfites and other excitotoxins were the problem all along. I am reading DR. Blaylocks book right now in hopes of being able to explain the effects of Excitotoxins better to my family and friends. I'm glad you have found the problem and are on your way to recovery!! Take Care!
Pam E.
Sheila G.
Posted on Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 1:20 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Thanks, Pam. Congratulations on finding the answer to your health problems! It feels great, doesn't it? For me the best part is not having to take prescriptions or supplements anymore. It's nice to know that God has made a way for our bodies to be whole again if we just don't put harmful substances into them. Sounds like this was a blessed year for both of us! And we got to keep our gall bladders, too! :o)
Deb A.
Posted on Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 3:34 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Pam, I'm so happy for you. So glad you found us here! And thanks for sharing your story. We have all suffered far too much. There are so many more who are still suffering and going from doctor to doctor and trying any med that they believe offers hope.
Posted on Friday, July 07, 2006 - 5:06 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Ein Schloss, Ein Wurst, Ein Kopf !maw

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