Flare-ups caused by a cold/flu and plane rides

So I’ve noticed more and more that when I get sick I get a flare up. I knew this before but it’s changed a bit.

I used to get sick every single time I flew. It would be a fever and it would last about two days. Sometimes it would evolve into bronchitis. Literally every time I flew. It happened to dad too. We’d travel, be in bed for 2 days with a fever, and then be fine. So I started wearing masks on planes and boom, problem solved. It was hard to believe because I thought there was a period of time after you catch something where you don’t show symptoms, and I’d literally be sick as soon as I left the plane (basically). But the mask thing worked.

When I went super low carb I thought I was invincible and didn’t wear a mask on a plane to Europe. I had the fever by the time I got to Prague. It evolved into bronchitis over the next three weeks.

Anyway, now that I’m only eating beef, salt, and water. I feel invincible yet again. So I stopped wearing a mask. Because I don’t learn apparently, and masks are annoying. When I went to Hawaii in May I had diarrhea for about 5 days after the plane ride. I thought it was because of the beef there (I bought beef from Costco). Now I’m not so sure… I’ll have to test out Costco beef again. I think its from the plane ride. I just got back from a family vacation and the same thing has happened. Scarlett caught something too this time which is how I realized what was going on. It looks like that fever I used to get after planes has changed into something else. It’s pretty minor, mostly just diarrhea and an overall icky feeling. I’m getting better now but here’s what happens when I catch a cold or get a flu:

  • diarrhea for about 5 days (or other flu/cold symptoms)
  • my skin breaks out (I have a breakout on my chin and chest and shoulders right now)
  • arthritic flare up (my right elbow is killing me and my right big toe is swollen, and I can feel it in my right pinky) this NEVER happens unless I eat something wrong or I’m sick.
  • body odour (I never have body odour unless I eat something wrong or I catch something)
  • minor mood dip and minor lower back pain (these symptoms never show up separated)
  • overall restless feeling
  • Brain fog

I hardly ever get sick on this diet. I used to be sick all the time. I basically had bronchitis most of the time. I’m hardly ever sick and now when I’m sick I can barely tell. But I do get autoimmune symptoms when it happens. And if I’m in a plane, I never get away with it without catching something. How strange is that? Also pretty gross. Anyway, it’s a not a big deal, I’m fine. I’ve been sauna-ing it out. But if you start getting symptoms after a plane ride, same. A medical mask seems to solve it for me.

I’m going to LA next week and I’ll wear a mask and see if it happens again.

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74 thoughts on “Flare-ups caused by a cold/flu and plane rides

  1. Mikhalia,

    Maybe you are having die-off symptoms for some reason or another. There was an interesting website I found that spoke about these types of things. It was called healing naturally by bee. The brief premise was to follow the eating guidelines she came up with and for every year you were sick that’s how many months you would have to be on the diet. (Although it seemed as though it was never a good idea to go off once you were eating this way even if you were healed). I’m guessing for you it’d be as old as you were that you’d have to eat that way and while taking supplement / strictly eating her meal plan you’d experience die off symptoms. And the thing is maybe we have I’ll-ness or what we call being “sick” all wrong. Maybe the body creates the “sick” to return the body back to normal. Almost like homeostasis. I find this way of thinking pretty fascinating. Like it’s actually creating the illness to be healthy again. So next time you feel sick maybe think of it as your body creating something to return back to optimization. Most of the time my way of thinking is 99% wrong because when it comes down to it I don’t know that much. I think you often have those same thoughts. I tend to dislike suggesting things because like I said above I don’t know muc and when I think I do that validates my ignorance. It is a good thing that you are so in tune with your body and take that much care for yourself. It certainly is difficult to follow such regimen for a long period of time. Best of luck in your journey.

    Kind regards,

  2. Hi Mikhaila Thank you for the blog I’m a new subscriber. I found you through you dad I saw an interview you did when you was young with your dad and then the one after you first changed your diet. That was about a year ago. I was so inspired by you. I suffer from UCTD which stands for undifferentiated connective tissue disease I have lupus and rheumatoid arthritis depression anxiety and bone cysts I’m 49 and been I’ll since my early 20’s. I had been told I would be on anti depressants for the rest of my life. I was on tons of pain meds as well.
    To see your transformation was awe inspiring to me and gave me hope. Especially the possibility of being able to come off anti depressants. I can’t list my symptoms they’re too many but typical joint pain brain fog fatigue skin probs headaches digestive you know the ones. So I spoke to my Gp and because of the digestive problems she tested me for Celiac disease which thankfully I don’t have but I’m gluten intolerant. I went gluten free and within three months I was off all my tablets! My brain fog cleared so I was able to do some research into my condition which has helped me come to terms with my life. I then went lactose free as well. I feel a lot better. I’ve been off my tablets for about 8 months now after being on them for almost 3 decades. I’m so happy about that. I identified with your latest blog I get those symptoms to ….. wonder why the pinky finger? I’m so happy I found this blog your dad mentioned it in a video and I signed up straight away as I’ve always wanted to thank you for speaking publicly about what went through because it’s hard to open up like that. I’m so glad you did. I’m feeling pretty good right now I’m eating just meat and greens and drinking lemon and ginger water. I still take my Plaquinell as the symptoms returned within two weeks of stopping that but that’s the only one I take now. I still need to eradicate sugar from my diet. It is so addictive I rely on it’s false boost so I can walk my dogs or clean my room. Energy drinks. Bad bad bad. Anyway I’m a work in progress. I thank God the universe or whoever for you and your dad a may you and your entire clan be blessed and prosper.

  3. Anne says:

    We always get sick on planes…all that reciruculated air…all those people…all those contagions…from every place the plane has been. As with hospitals, which have hard to get rid of resident beasties, my guess is that airplanes are continuously contaminated. I’ve never worn a mask on a plane, but it’s a good idea. Maybe planes should hand them out as a precautionary measure.

    • Yeah, planes are gross. They could at least hand them out to people who are visibly ill… I pack them, I’ll just start using them again. They’re annoying but not as annoying as getting sick!

  4. Kenn Macd says:

    Hi Mikhaila.
    It seems to happen on planes? I wonder if EMF could be a variable here? Basically a plane is a metal tube, with wifi signals bouncing around inside, sounds like a microwave oven! 😉 Maybe that weakens your body, so you’re more susceptible to bacteria/virus (hence the mask helps) You might like to try putting a bare foot (skin) on the metal support of the seat in front of you as this will ground you to the planes ground, and so you’ll be invisible to the wifi (and other EMF) in the plane and it won’t affect you. To test it out though it wouldn’t make sense to wear the mask as you wouldn’t know if it was effective or not.On the other hand, if airplanes still spray pesticides https://www.sott.net/article/297034-Airlines-spraying-fliers-with-pesticides-inside-the-plane then maybe a mask IS a good idea also.

  5. ann says:

    An insurance executive told me that the airlines don’t routinely clean and disinfect the air systems on planes as thoroughly as they needed to in the past when smoking on board was allowed. To avoid plane-borne illness carry a small vial of apple cider vinegar to add to water to gargle with both immediately before and after flying. Both my husband and I have done this for the past several years and have been able to stay healthy when flying.

  6. Joel Northwall says:

    Cabin air is drier than normal, for a few reasons, and this dries out your mucous membranes which are one of your first lines of defense. Couple that with breathing the same (recycled) air as 100-200 people in an enclosed space for an extended time, and I think that’s the simplest answer — a general immunological response. Besides a mask, I think there’s a company out there that sells a gel you can squirt up your nose.

  7. Helen donkersgoed says:

    So sorry that you got so sick from travelling. It would be nice if you could just catch a break! I am curious about the mask thing so please keep us updated next time you travel. Also post a picture of yourself wearing the mask please! Just want to see what kind you wear. Thanks.

  8. Very much enjoy your blog and the adventures that you share. It’s continually amazing how individuals are trying to ‘box in’ what constitutes a ‘healthy diet’ and how that just can’t be done. As an example (am a heart patient) I’ve seen coffee flip flop back and forth over the last 35 years. Now it is “Very Healthy” for your heart to drink 4 cups a day. OMG. Anyway, Thank you.

    • And you have to be careful about who is funding those studies about coffee being ‘good for you.’ I looked into all the claims about chocolate being super healthy and found that Mars Inc. funds most of them. Now, I always look for the conflicts of interest before I’ll believe a word ‘any’ study says about food and beverages. Follow the money…

  9. What do you do for bronchitis? I cant seem to get rid of it except with corticosteroid injections and mucus thinners like guaifanesin. Been eating carnivore for 2 months and it has helped a lot with everything except bronchitis.

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