Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Possible remission? - Not reacting as much to starch??

Here are the notes I made on my phone regarding the *possible* remission I've been experiencing. I'm just making a note of it in case it proves useful later : 

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Sometime around Friday or Saturday I started to notice I hadn't been reacting to restaurant food for quite a while. So I tried a small piece of a potato chip on Saturday at lunchtime... No reaction. I very often have trouble with restaurant food since the ingredients are out of my control. Now, when I talk of a remission in symptoms I am only talking here about inflammation from Ankylosing spondylitis, and this inflammation comes back in force whenever I eat even a small amount of starch. 

Sunday night I was with friends and decided to try something more dangerous - some glutinous rice dumplings that also contained the added amylose starch which I react to. I ate four of them, and I definitely should have reacted. I had a modest increase in stiffness. It wasn't really painful just a tad stiff, and the next morning I was fine again! No pain in my back, ribs, hips or neck. Perhaps some minor skin issues (but maybe that was from chocolate / dairy). This is unheard of for me. I should have been in quite significant pain for at least 3 days. 

What's changed? What helped? :
1. Lots of Massaman curry - almost daily (most likely what helped)
2. Lufenuron treatment (9grams, split over several days)
3. Lots of fresh air (very unlikely)

Massaman curry
Why? Well I had noticed in late December 2013 after eating some curry at the local Indian restaurant (Mantra) that I didn't suffer from the usual dehydration .. dry mouth, eyes, nose and skin that plague me most nights. This problem also causes me significant fatigue, and it has troubled me on and off for many many years. 

Now I tried making my own Thai curry and found that it worked equally well (that was in early Jan 2014). I was of course using my new friend - Massaman curry paste. I would eat it and on the very same night the dehydration would go away. The following night if I ate with friends and didn't eat this curry my symptoms would return very noticeably. The following day I would resume eating this and the symptoms would go away again. This would occur again and again over the coming weeks with a pattern that was absolutely reliable. 

So since this curry definitely helped one immune related symptom, I think it likely that it healed the root cause of several health problems, and that likely cause is: leaky gut syndrome. 

Ingredients of curry paste:
The ingredients are: chilli, lemongrass, garlic, shallot, salt, galangal, fish paste, coriander seed, cumin, kaffir lime peel, mace, cardamom, cinnamon
I would put my money on the spices that I don't use frequently: coriander seed, cumin, kaffir lime peel, mace, cardamom, or galangal

Update 1:
Oh one more thing - I usually made the curry in my pressure cooker with bones, carrots, onions, pumpkin .. And quite a bit of curry paste

I started taking this on 6 Feb 2014 in order to rid myself of a recurring fungal infection. These fungi such as candida have a chitin cell wall which hides them from our immune system and protects them from antibiotics (antibiotics attack cell membranes but these are well protected within the cell wall). 

When candida is in the fungal form it is invasive and can destroy tissue in its path, growing in strands of mycelium & hyphae. When this happens in the gut the lining of the intestine is compromised and allows microbes in to the bloodstream, and when this happens then the immune system becomes destabilised. This is what is called "leaky gut syndrome" and Fungi are one possible cause. 

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