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Antidepressants – “Natural” and Otherwise

I was on antidepressants for over a decade. They probably saved my life. If you’re taking them and want to try eliminating food, keep taking them until you feel like the depression/anxiety is gone, don’t stop first. I could tell when I could stop taking them even though I hadn’t had a break in over 10 years. If you suffer from anxiety or depression but you find it’s fairly manageable (or you can survive without antidepressants), I highly recommend 5 Read More

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Should you start an elimination diet? (How to begin a month long elimination diet)

Looking back on how I did my elimination diet, I can see a number of things I did wrong. This is a post describing how I would do an elimination diet now (pretty much what I’m doing now anyways). This might seem extremely strict… and it is. Not much I can say about that except that it’s only a month, and you might be able to reintroduce most things back in right away. This is the diet that helped my Read More

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More good news (olives!! and probiotics and activated charcoal)

This has been my diet for the last month and a half: Lettuce Cilantro Beef Chicken Collard greens Apple cider vinegar Coconut oil Olive oil A ton of salt. REALLY boring. But everything else (so it seemed) was giving me arthritis, skin issues, itchy skin, and depression. As you know, I cut out fish in April… and before that I cut out turmeric. I cut out everything I could think of that might be giving me issues. And I got Read More

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New theory

Brace yourselves, this is a long one. For the last – almost 2 years, wow – I’ve been randomly cutting out foods and listening hard to my body’s response. Most of the reactions have been seemingly random. Some have been obvious looking back but not obvious at the time. This has been such a random and confusing process. My dad is doing the same thing as me as he seems to have a similar problem. I’ve been asked “how does this make Read More

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Type III and IV Hypersensitivity Reactions – the cause of all your problems?

Type III hypersensitivity reactions are what I suffer from. The probable cause of alllll my problems. I’ll explain how it works. Type III hypersensitivity reactions are also known as immune complex-mediated hypersensitivity. I’ve explained antibodies and antigens in this blog post: A patient develops antibodies to a specific protein (for me, and for a ton of other people that just don’t realize it, that’s a whole slew of different foods, preservatives, dyes, etc.) When the antibodies circulate in your body, they Read More

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The Hygiene Hypothesis and where it goes wrong

I had a school assignment where I had to disagree or agree with the hygiene hypothesis. Obviously most people in my class agreed with it. I think it’s a seriously flawed hypothesis. The assignment is shown below (and my response) Read these two articles about the hygiene hypothesis. Form an opinion (250 words max. Please ignore the error in word-count for this assignment found at the end of Module 4), citing information from the articles, about whether or not you Read More

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Simplified Science Behind Gluten

I typed up a short intro on why gluten is bad for you and what it’s doing to peoples bodies. Zonulin is a protein that modulates the permeability of tight junctions between cells in the digestive tract. (See tight junction below.) Tight junctions stop macromolecules from leaking into your body from your gut. They’re supposed to be pretty much impermeable to macromolecules to avoid triggering the immune system. Zonulin lets some macromolecules through when it’s activated.) Nutrients from the gut are mainly Read More

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The birth control pill

  Mom told me that the birth control pill made her depressed. My response was “I’m already on antidepressants, who gives a fuck, also as if it can make you that depressed”. Wrong again. It made me very angry and apathetic. I was on it since I was young so I didn’t really know the difference between being a teenager and side effects from the pill. There’s more and more evidence that the pill isn’t good for women. I’d get Read More

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What does depression or anxiety feel like? Is what I’m experiencing depression or just life?

Here’s a video I did a while ago before I figured out what was wrong with me. I was on a high dose of antidepressants and looking back, I was not well. But the antidepressants did help. I explain a bit in there, and I’ll explain below. My experience of depression: Whenever I was walking anywhere, especially at night, I’d feel like I was going to get jumped. Someone behind me would suddenly grab me or something. Extremely on edge. Read More

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What do I mean by reaction? Explanation of an immune response/ reaction

Sorry, I was away for a bit. Had another reaction! The pregnancy made me a bit more sensitive, but fortunately that got me to clean up my diet a tiny bit more. I get a lot of questions asking me if certain symptoms are “normal” or people wondering if their certain set of symptoms could be food related. Generally my answer is yes, there’s a good chance that’s a reaction to food. I believe bodies are supposed to work smoothly, Read More