Day 8 of the experiment

This morning, exactly 7 days after I started on Alma Nissen’s drinking cure, I stepped on the scale and found that I had lost 3 kilos. Without feeling hungry at any point, but instead feeling absolutely perfect.

Yesterday I didn’t write any blog post. Instead I listened to some interviews from the ‘Sexy Younger You Summit’ at www.syysummit.com, and it was well worth my time.

There was especially one interview that kind of blew me away. It was of Dr. Tom O’Brian, who is a specialist in what the consequences are of having gluten in our diet. According to Dr. Tom those consequences are many, and he talked amongst other things about:

  • How gluten impacts bone health and osteoporosis
  • Why everyone with osteoporosis must be checked for gluten sensitivity
  • Why only 1 in 8 people who have celiac disease actually have gut symptoms
  • That if you feel old, you should be checked for gluten sensitivity
  • The impact of gluten on fertility for both men and women
  • Why you’ll need to look at gluten if your hormones are out of balance
  • How gluten sensitivity can make you nutrient deficient

Maybe Dr. Tom O’Bryan is famous and you know him already, but I didn’t and for me, what he talked about was a revelation.

This is what I found especially interesting:

In Sweden all newborn babies are tested for a disease – I’ve forgotten what it was, but that doesn’t matter here – and it is in connection with this that a drop of blood is taken from them and put on a card, which is not destroyed, but collected.

The Swedish have done that for over 50 years, and recently some scientist have taken a closer look at those cards, checked them for markers of gluten sensitivity – which the babies got from their gluten sensitive mothers – and found out that those babies, who grew up and developed schizophrenia, all had those markers in their blood when they were born. Not all babies with markers of gluten sensitivity developed schizophrenia, but all schizophrenic babies had the markers.

The important part here is that newborn babies don’t develop markers themselves before some weeks after they are born, and that they got those markers from their mothers, who probably were not even aware that they were gluten sensitive.

And it doesn’t stop there. According to Dr. Tom O’Brian it is a fact that babies of mothers, who are gluten sensitive, weigh 250 gram less than average babies, but the really surprising thing here is that babies of gluten sensitive fathers also weigh 250 gram less than average babies. How is that even possible?

According to Dr. Tom gluten also plays a big role in seizures in kids, and he claims that taking kids of a diet with gluten can make the seizures go away.

The reason why I find this so interesting is that I had a few ‘aha’ moments during this interview. You see, my mother’s father worked in the office of a mill, and I know for a fact that my mother and her siblings were brought up on a diet containing dishes made from mostly wheat flour.

My mother had an older brother, who had seizures and fell in the river and drowned, when he was eight years old. And my mom, apart from all the other diseases she suffered from in the end, also had very severe osteoporosis.

Okay, none of this is proof of anything, and luckily nobody in my family ever developed schizophrenia, but I really think we need a lot more research of this kind. Why don’t we all know this?

With all the gluten sensitivity going on these days, what else don’t we know?

Day 6 of the experiment

Since my diet is as restricted as it is, I’ve decided to keep on taking supplements.

For heart health I take selen and Q10 (uniqinol, which is easier for the body to use than ubiqinol).

Because this is a strict vegan diet I also take Vitamin B12, which is vital for the brain.

For balanced female hormones and better sleep I take Vitamin B6 and evening primrose oil, and for overall health I take a strong Vitamin C and a multi vitamin, plus a strong Vitamin D3, because we are heading into the darker part of the year and I want to avoid getting deficient.

I actually get outside more now than while I lived in town, but summer is over, and I don’t show a lot of skin anymore, and since I don’t eat a lot of fat fish like herring, mackerel and salmon right now, a supplement of Vitamin D3 it is.

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Today I finally got the official letter, telling me that my divorce has come through.

Almost to the day 11 years ago I moved to another country to be with a man I’d met a few months earlier, and he and I got married on June 11th 2005.

We had good times, but then the good times stopped.

We’ve been apart for some years now, and it took me quite some time to get ready to file for divorce, but now it’s over, and it’s a relief.

I don’t need to know why anymore, nor do I have to see or talk to him anymore.

I’ve come out on the other side and I’m fine. No, I’m more than fine, I’m great. I’m me again.

Life will bring me a new love and good times and opportunities, and I will be here looking out for it all and ready to take my chances.

Day five of the experiment

Today I took a closer look at, what I’m eating and at the amount of calories I get per day. It’s not a lot, only about 1250 calories a day, but still I’m not hungry. I feel good and satisfied. Maybe it’s because I also get a lot of water at the same time.

Here is what I eat in one day:

1 lemon (I juice it and drink the juice in a large glass of water in the morning)

1 kg potatoes, ½ kg carrots, 200 g parsnips, 200 g parsley root, 200 g celery

I peel the vegetables, cut them into small pieces and cook them in 3 liters of water till they are tender. Then I either blend them or eat the soup as it is.

I still haven’t started eating garlic to lower whatever inflammation I might have in my body. It’s a bit of a hurdle for me to have to eat those 30 cloves a day.

Living in the country side is in many ways very different from what I am used to. For instance I haven’t owned a car for about 30 years, because I didn’t need one. That has to change now, because the nearest bus stop is 10-15 minutes away from here and the bus only goes 2 or 3 times an hour. Luckily my house mates own 2 cars and so far that was enough, but it would be nice to have my own.

Because I don’t have my own car, I hardly ever get into town, but today I went there to pick up a ring. I’ve been looking for the right one for a long time and finally found one some weeks ago. It’s silver with a quite large topaz. It was love at first sight. Unfortunately the shop only had it in small sizes and I have rather thick fingers, so I had to have it refitted.

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It took a few weeks, but finally they called me yesterday, and I picked it up today and am as happy about it as can be.

Day four of the experiment

What can I say? It’s easy.

Somehow it’s very liberating not to have to think about what I want to eat at my meals. I just get the potato soup. My blood sugar is fine, I haven’t felt hungry at any point, and I feel really great and clear in my mind.

So far I can’t see any reason why I shouldn’t keep on eating this way for the next 24 days.

After a long and warm summer it’s finally autumn. The weather is still nice and we have a lot of sunshine, but it’s colder now and the days where you could walk around in shorts and a top are definitely over.

In my old flat I could just turn up the radiators when I felt cold, but in the new house it’s a bit more complicated.  We have a central heating that’s heated with wood, and we have to light a fire in it ourselves, when we want warm water or want the house to be warm.

We don’t yet know if it’s able to keep the entire house warm during winter, but we’re working on getting to know it.

Back in the seventies when I was young, I had a flat with a coal oven in the living room and a combined coal oven and gas stove in my kitchen. That’s the only experience I’ve ever had with that kind of heating, and I didn’t really think that I would ever return to it, but it’s actually kind of fun.

The central heating is placed in one of the barns, and when I go to light the fire in the morning, I always have the dogs and one of the cats with me, and we entertain each other.

The largest of the dogs, Maddox, loves to go to the coop whenever he gets a chance, and he’s sniffing around in there if we let him. The smallest dog is more of a watch dog, and she makes sure that everybody – like Maddox, the cats, the hens and chickens – follows her rules.

They both like to play – Maggie with a ball and Maddox with a stick – and they can do it for hours on end, while the cat Torsten plays National Geographic and sneaks up on us as if he were a dangerous panther.

Day three of the experiment

Another very easy day with water and lime juice first thing in the morning and lots of potato soup during the day.

I’m not hungry at all and it doesn’t even bother me to sit together with my house mates while they are having dinner and eating cakes.

I moved from a third floor one bedroom apartment in town with a fantastic view at the roofs of the city to a large house in the countryside, to live with my oldest daughter, her boyfriend and a girlfriend four weeks ago. They are living on the ground floor and I’m supposed to live on the first floor, but the place has to be cleaned up and painted and restored after the previous tenant, and until that is done I occupy a small room on the ground floor.

Apart from us four humans there are also five animals living in this house: two dogs and three cats of various shapes, sizes, colors and ages. And in one of the barns that belong to the house we’ve started a coop with four white hens that were rescued from a battery last year, and six chicken of which five are going to make us a fine dinner one day and one very young hen, which hopefully is going to provide us with more chicken in the future. The four white hens are meant to live here until they die of a natural death one day, but for now they deliver 4 delicious eggs with dark orange yolks to our kitchen every day.

Most days I am the one letting all the hens and chicken out in the morning, and it is a great pleasure to me to see them run off into the garden to do what that kind of creatures do during the day, and where they can move around as it pleases them. In the evening they return to the coop by themselves and we close the door after them when the sun goes down, so the fox can’t take them.

After I let the hens and chicken out, I usually play with the dogs for about an hour before I go to my computer and start working, and so far that has been the only exercise I’ve got during the day, so I think I’ll start doing some workout to get in shape.

Day two of the experiment

So far doing the Alma Nissen drinking cure has been unexpectedly easy.

It’s not a real fast, because I get the vegetables in the soup. Still I had expected a headache, nausea, dizziness and visual disturbances like I experienced with other fasts and diets like Fit for Life, but so far – nothing!

I haven’t yet eaten any garlic – maybe tomorrow – if my social calendar allows it.

Today in the morning I got some of the rest of my soup batch from yesterday, but I wasn’t really hungry.  I still think that 3 liters of the soup is a lot to swallow on one day.

I had an appointment with my dentist today. She lives in another city about an hour from where I live, and I’ve chosen her, because she has specialized in removing amalgam fillings in a way that pollutes the body as little as possible. Unfortunately I’ve had quite a few of those filings since childhood, and I’ve wanted to have them replaced with less hazardous fillings for quite a while now, but if your dentist isn’t specialized in doing it, they say that it’s actually better you keep your amalgam fillings.

My oldest daughter drove me all the way, and on our way home we went to pick up half a lamb we’d bought from an organic farmer last week. It was not the best timing since I’m on the drinking cure right now, but now the meat is in my freezer, waiting for me till I’m going to eat meat again in December.

When we came home I prepared a new, smaller batch of soup with some organic potatoes I picked up at the organic farmer as well, and it tasted so much better than the soup with red beets, so I’m going to use potatoes from now on.

First day on Alma Nissens drinking cure

Today was the first day of my four weeks with Alma Nissen’s drinking cure.

I weighed myself in the morning before I started, and can tell you as much as that there is room for improvement.

Then I drank a large glass of water with the juice of one lemon before I prepared my first batch of soup.

I used one whole celery with top, four large carrots, three parsnips, three parsley roots, two large red beets and three liters of water, washed and peeled all the vegetables and cut them into small pieces and cooked them until they were tender. Then I let all of it cool down before I blended it and finally strained it. I didn’t add any salt.

The original recipe says potatoes and not red beets, but red beets were what I had today, so red beets it was.

I must say that it tasted much better than I’d expected, but even so I did my best, I wasn’t able to drink more than maybe half of the batch today. Maybe one has to get used to drinking that much soup.

I also didn’t eat garlic today, because I have an appointment at my dentist tomorrow.

So far I feel fine and am not hungry, nor do I have any symptoms of withdrawal from coffee, tea and ice cream.

Wish me luck for tomorrow.

Experimenting with my health

Over the course of the last 9 days I’ve written about what I see as a threat to life on Earth and to the environment as well as a few possible solutions I can think of to problems like pollution and greedy companies with flawed ethics.

The last problem I want to address is also the one I started with by translating the book by Peter Laursen about Alma Nissen and her work.

I’ve already told you about my mother’s mother who suffered from severe arthritis for the last 15 years of her life, and I’ve told you about my mom, who got arthritis when she was around 50 and got good help from the book about Alma Nissen.

What I didn’t tell you is that my mom later stopped following Alma Nissens cure, returned to a diet consisting mostly of wheat products and got high blood pressure, bone loss and all sorts of infections, just to mention a few.

She fell into the trap of over-medication and was diagnosed with all sorts of diseases even so her health problems very well could have been side effects of all the medication she got.

The last years of her life she was very sick and for the last months she needed attention 24/7.

Two weeks before she died she went to a hospital to be treated for a minor health problem, and when she was released from hospital as cured a week later, she was so drugged, she didn’t recognize me, when I came to see her. The first and last time she seemed to be clear headed and smiled at me, was in the morning of the day she died.

My mom believed that all the medicine would make her better, when in fact it did the opposite, and like far too many others she never really looked at what was in all the pills and potions she had to swallow.

I’ve probably told you already that I’m a translator, and once in a while it happens that I’m asked to translate package inserts for medications, and every time I’m shocked over the side effects mentioned in those inserts. Throbbing headaches, other kinds of pain, muscle weakness, kidney problems, liver problems, heart problems and death are common side effects of most of those medications, and I always wonder, where our sense of perspective went.

Often we can read warnings about the dangers of sunlight or of this vitamin or that mineral in our newspapers, when in fact there have been no cases of death because of those things for as long as anyone can remember. Not one. Zero!

The products of big pharma on the other hand are killing hundreds of thousands every year, and those are cases where the patients take the medicine they got from their own doctor and take it as advised.

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The way I see it, we have to avoid to get started on medications to begin with, and the way to do that is to eat what we’re intended to eat and not the kinds of crappy pseudo food most of us eat.

Depending on what is going on in my life, I myself am guilty of eating the wrong foods – too much bread, too few vegetables, too little fish, too much ice cream, a bottle of beer now and then.

Translating the book about Alma Nissen made me think of the stupid risks I’m taking by not taking good enough care of myself. I’m blessed with an exceptionally good health, but is being lazy really worth it, when I risk ending up like my mom and my grandma?

I don’t think so, and that’s why I’ve decided to change what I eat and for a starter do Alma Nissen’s drinking cure for 4 weeks – with garlic and gallstone flush and everything – to get rid of every inflammation I might have and also shed some of the extra pounds I’ve gained over the years.

I’ll start tomorrow and tell you what and how I’m doing here on my blog.

What can we do about it?

So what can we do about those seemingly normal, harmless and necessary things like chemicals in our food, water and air; overmedication of patients and super bacteria that are a huge threat to us and the world? Is it possible at all to turn around and create healthy environments for us and our children? Isn’t it too late already?

Well, I think that the full impact of the pollution we’re causing today will hit our grandchildren and great grandchildren and later generations and that it will take millions of years to get rid of all the chemicals we are spreading around today, but if we want the best for our future generations we really do have to stop doing all the wrong things and start thinking.

Maybe you and I alone cannot save the whole world, but we can make better choices for ourselves and our families.

We can start by buying local produce and preferably organic and grass fed whenever possible in health shops and at farmers markets.

We can learn to cook our meals from scratch and teach our children to do the same.

We can opt for cleaning detergents without chemicals.

We can leave our weeds as they are or pull them out manually instead of using round-up.

We can start reading food labels before we buy something.

We can also start only to buy things without food labels, like a whole head of cabbage, whole potatoes, a whole wild caught salmon, a whole lamb’s leg. That way we can make sure that nothing we don’t want is added to our food.

We can turn out the light when nobody is in the room and turn off things like televisions, radios and computers when we don’t use them instead of letting it go on standby.

Next time we have to replace our fridge or freezer, washing machine, dryer, dishwasher or other kinds of machinery, we can opt for the one that uses least power and/or water.

We can replace our light bulbs with energy saving ones or LED’s little by little.

We can collect rain water and use it in our gardens in dry periods instead of using ground water.

We can choose to replace a part of our lawn with a vegetable garden where we don’t use chemicals at all.

We can choose to walk or go by bike on short distances instead of taking the car.

We can choose to go by bus, train, metro or other kinds of public traffic instead of taking the car whenever possible.

We can buy our body care products and makeup at a health shop or on the internet, or maybe we even can make most of it ourselves.

We can bake our own bread and cookies from good organic produce.

We can vote with our wallets and choose not to buy from companies with flawed ethics and from those who buy from those companies.

There really are many things we can do to tread lighter and leave a smaller footprint behind us, many more than I can think of right now.

The most important thing is to start doing something, anything, and let it grow from there.

Let us learn about the consequences of the things we do and teach each other and especially our children how to do things right.

Nowadays we do not only have a big problem, we also have a huge opportunity. We have the internet and are able to spread information around the world. Imagine how far we could reach if each of you, who are reading this post, would forward the information to your own readers, and they to theirs and so on? We could reach the whole world in no time, and then we could really get things done.

We could for instance tell the whole world about the director of Nestle, who thinks that access to fresh drinking-water should not be a human right, and we could ask people not to buy Nestle products any more. But that’s a whole different story.

Our relationship with bacteria

Another very important thing I didn’t write about earlier is bacteria.

Over the last ten years or so we’ve all gotten terribly afraid of them, and that’s no wonder. We hear all the horror stories about what can happen, if we eat a raw egg or at a not so clean kitchen, or if we say hello to a bird or a pig or go to a hospital.

From all the stories we hear, one should think that we are going to die the moment we’re hit by a bacteria, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. We actually need bacteria; the good kind that is.

Each and every one of us has several pounds of bacteria in his/her body, and if we want to stay healthy, we have to create a good environment for our bacteria. As long as we do that, our bacteria will keep us healthy.

Bacteria first become a problem the moment we treat them wrong.

Have you ever wondered why you’re supposed to take all the pills when you’re getting antibiotics? Antibiotics kill all the bacteria, the good, the bad and the ugly. If some of the good bacteria survive a treatment, that’s not a bad thing, but if some of the bad bacteria survive, they get resistant to antibiotics over time. So if you stop taking your pills after half a package because you feel fine, there will still be bad bacteria in your body, and once they are resistant, we are no longer able to treat the disease this bacteria causes. We actually do have diseases that could be treated with antibiotics earlier, but now we can’t any more.

The second part of the story about multi resistant super bacteria, are those huge concentration camps for pigs, cows, poultry and even fish, we have all over the world. We treat the animals wrong and feed them wrong, and to avoid that they get sick we give them antibiotics all of the time, which kills their good bacteria and opens the door for bad bacteria.

The third part of the story, are all those hand sanitizers and other disinfecting remedies we use today. When we hear about all those people dying of resistant bacteria in our hospitals, it’s not necessarily because they don’t clean the hospitals good enough; it’s because they’ve run out of ways to kill those bacteria. That’s a very bad thing.

In our everyday lives we don’t need to sanitize our surroundings. It’s actually better we don’t

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