Okay, here we go! Something fun to concentrate on for the next while.
I haven’t been talking much, because I have been dealing with a mega-attack of shingles (all across my chest from lower ribs to collar bone – i.. e, I haven’t been able to wear proper underpinnings) . The interesting thing is that this has been my 15th episode of shingles (yes, boys and girls, you can get it more than once). You’d think I would wake up and start wondering what I am doing wrong, but I bought into the idea that it was caused by stress. I finally did wake up when my dermatologist announced that I had a fungus infection on top of the shingles – unfortunately, not enough to ask him “what fungus”. I did that today. I had decided that my dermatologist and I needed some space, so I looked all over my body for anything which might fall into his domain, and, during our moments together this afternoon, I pointed out every single weird spot on my skin (when you get older, you can get a lot of weird spots). Interestingly, he told me that I could use the same ointments I’d been using on the “fungus infection” for those other spots (whew! no new shingles – I mean, shingles is stressful enough to cause shingles!) It suddenly occurred to ask my dear doctor “what fungus?” Genius, yes? The answer: candida.
Immediately, my mind started racing. I mean, I am a raw vegan, and I am a nutritionist. How could this happen to me? I immediately dialed up my once-famous website on candidiasis, and then shuffled off to my bookshelf and dug out my old books on candidiasis. I know all of this stuff, but I want to convert it for a raw vegan diet. I googled raw vegan diet and candidiasis, and saw that overall, my ideas are still right.
So now, I must make and implement a diet plan for my own self (we nutritionists usually only have to make plans for our clients).
I have decided to start with a very strict 10-15 day Master Cleanse (yes, yes, I know that the maple syrup is a sugar, but I am going to do this first because I need to clean out my system. I recognize that it highly likely that my last Master Cleanse may have triggered this last outbreak of shingles and the consequent outbreak of fungal infection, but I think that cleaning out my system naturally is the best way for me to start this right now). I’ll be reporting how this goes (I’m still healing from the shingles/fungal episode).
After I finish the Master Cleanse, I am going to implement a low-carb raw vegan diet with anti-candida supplements (right now I think I will supplement with Now’s Candida Cleanse, which has ingredients that I believe in. Since I have 10-15 days before I start, I will research recent naturopathic information on anti-candida supplements and make a final decision in the next week or so). I am still doing research, and I will report what I have learned, what I have decided, what I am doing, and how it is going.
Fortunately, I have my candidiasis website’s listing of PHASE ONE foods, foods I can eat easily, knowing that they will contribute to the elimination of the candidiasis in my system. Even better, having looked over the list on my website, I find that the foods I can eat are the foods I usually do eat (this problem has come to me from the past and has been exascerbated by my playing around with exotic foods and “desserts*)
At last, I can find some excitement in this health challenge I have been dealing with. We raw foodists think we are going to avoid all health issues, but, I have discovered that that is not necessarily so. I still do believe in nutritional healing, and I do believe that I can overcome this challenge.