Well I am officially Gluten free which has not posed much of a problem for me. These types of foods caused me so much discomfort anyway that I am glad not to be putting my body through that upheaval anymore. Pasta and bread would leave me feeling bloated and hugely uncomfortable and very sluggish. About 6 weeks ago I also cut out all dairy products to see would this make any sort of a difference to my Alopecia. Things like cheeses and and milk I do not miss but my weakness is CHOCOLATE! I have severe sugar cravings.
With all the reading up I have been doing on autoimmune diseases and diet I have read some pretty frightening accounts regarding “The Addicitve White Stuff”. I read somewhere that one sugar binge can suppress the immune system for up to 4 hours. So anyone drinking fizzy drinks during the day could be in trouble, not only for tooth decay and weight problems but for serious health implications farther down the line!
I am a great believer that when you suffer an autoimmune disease you must seriously consider your diet. Unfortunatley these are the cards we have been dealt in this life and if you want to limit your chances of aquiring other autoimmune diseases then I believe this is a very important step.
My mother has Autoimmune hypothyroidism and her sister suffers celiac disease. There is no denying the geneitc link. My mother is an amazing woman and is my inspiration for me to be able to manage my autoimmune disease and perhaps even turn it around with time. 13 Years ago my mother suffered chronically with M.E. She was hit with a virus and her body never recovered, infact she rapidly went downhill to the point of extreme fatigue, inability to walk anymore than 50m down the road from the house with the dog. She was confined to her bed for days upon end and obviously had no choice but to give up work. I remember as a family these were tough times financially and as kids/young adults I dont think we fully understood how sick our mother actually was. Back then doctors viewed this as “yuppy flu” …. All blood test results would come back clear, therefore no evidence on medical results and so the doctor had to take the patients word on how they were feeling…. It was very much stigmatised , frustratingly , with those who perhaps did not want to work. My mother has always been a grafter, she worked tiredlessly along with my dad to bring my brother and myself up and give us all that they could. To this day she still is a grafter! When we speak of those very dark days, my mother tries to explain to me how she felt, how her body felt and how that impacted her mind. She could quite easily have succumb to the idea of that being her life for the rest of her life, afterall she had heard that some people never fully recovered from aquiring the M.E. She explained to me how she had to make a conscious effort against all the odds to fight her tiredness, to push herself to get out of bed, to move, to keep her system working the best that it could under the circumstances. There were days when she could have slumped into deep depression, doctors only advice was to administer her anti depressants (which she threw in the bin). Thank goodness! My mother does not talk of these days to people. That is her style, she is so mentally strong, she sets herself a goal , and she “does”.
To this day she thanks a very special lady called Dr Dominique who was a herbalist at Napier University. Dr Dominique was a western medicine doctor turned alternative health doctor after feeling insufficed by some of our conservative medical treatments toward certain illnesses. Dr Dominique put my mother on the road to recovery through balancing her body, hormonally and nutritionally. As well as teaching her how to listen to her body. There is always that mental part to recovery, to feel like you are taking pro active steps to heal your own body. I believe in PMA Positive Mental Attitude in anything you do in this world and what ever obstacles are put in your way….. My mother taught me that. Even to this day I need to lean on her and she has to remind me of this. She is my rock and my inspiration. It took my mother 9 years to to fully return to health. During this time she lost her son, my only sibling, Robert, in a motorcycle accident, and still she picks herself up and pushes on through. We are all dealt our hardships in life but we should never give up on our goals and ambitions. Sometimes the goal posts are moved and we have to re-focus and work out a different strategy to score but with perseverance, determination, consistency, belief and a little bit of PMA we can get there.
My mum on the left and her best friend Christine.
Recently again my mother thought her M.E. was returning, she was working hard in the B&B and she was taking very extreme periods of fatigue . Fear of previous health problems returning prompted her to immediately go to her doctor for a check up. She was diagnosed with Autoimmune Thyroid which explained her extreme lethargy. The doctor immediately prescribed her Thyroxine which she was advised she would have to take for the rest of her life.
” No no no. No no no!!! Give me 3 months” she said to her GP, “humour me, I am going to look into diet to try to manage this”.
Again she went back to her herbalist, she radically changed her diet and through hard work, determination, a positive mental attitude and much education and research from the correct sources on autoimmune disease and she is back to being fully recovered.
I have no doubt that Alopecia Universalis, even after 10 years of suffering can be fixed. I will try and try and try until my body is healed and on the road to recovery. By changing my diet I already feel better. My skin is healthier, my nails are the strongest I have ever seen them, all pitting has gone, my acid reflux no longer gives me problems, my midday lethargy has disappeared, my stomach problems have settled down (not completely yet) and I have a covering of small blonde hairs on my head and over areas of my body (for the first time in 10 years) . I feel as though my body is healing from the inside out. When I worked in Horseracing I used to think that we looked after our horses better than we looked after ourselves. If their coats were dull then they were lacking in vitamins and minerals. Our horses were on multiple supplements, vitamins, minerals, apple cider vinegar, garlic, high protien feeds, they were fed at regular intervals and we had very successful, happy horses. Our motto was look after their insides and their outsides would look after themselves and it was true… Now I am treating myself with the same respect we treated the racehorses.
Me and Alderseed xxx
Hopefully I will come out infront and beat this autoimmune disease….. “Winner alright, winner alright” 🙂
Me and my mother are by no means doctors and what worked for my mother may not have the same effect on another person, she continued with her diet under the medical supervision of her doctor. We are simply sharing our experiences x
Thanks for reading xx