Many Health Issues Start in the Gut

funny-pictures-polite-cat-sneezes-into-a-tissueI am on day four of a head cold. When it first began, I thought it was allergies or from the wood chipper stationed 30 yards from my window. The arborists have been pruning trees around our complex for the past two weeks. I didn’t realize it was an everyday head cold until Sunday, so I had to call in ‘sick’ to the hospital for Monday. The last thing a cancer patient needs is exposure to a sick person.

So while I was nursing myself back to health, I decided to do some more snooping around the net for answers to my skin problems…the psoriasis and eczema. I mean how many people get both skin problems within a month?

In the beginning I found several chat boards dealing with the subject and many different ideas how to manage the symptoms, but no clear answers how it starts…the root of the problem and how to get rid of it. Many people are getting steroids from their doctors but for me, that is not an option. I am just now getting my body healthy again and I can’t see myself taking such a toxic drug.

After hours of reading personal stories…some from people saying they found the cure and for x amount of dollars they are willing to share their secret with the public,  or some invented expensive creams to soothe the dry skin and slow down break outs…but nothing addressed the root cause. I knew in my heart that it had to come from internal problems…but what?

I found out when I spoke with a person by the name of Steven who works in the vitamin department of a local Sprouts Store. I originally called the store to find out if they carried Oil of Oregano essential oil…it was mentioned several times on different eczema chat boards. Steven listened for a few minutes and told me that eczema and psoriasis are symptoms of IB troubles and not enough healthy bacteria floating around my intestines. Bingo! I knew we were on the right track. Now what is my plan of attack? Maybe I shouldn’t say attack…maybe how will I heal myself and how did I get out of whack…again?

I am eating healthy. I’m vegan. Steven is vegan too and he asked me where I’m getting my vitamin Bs from. Um…I don’t know. I actually was asked this question about a year ago from my oncologist’s nurse. She told me vegans need to take B supplements. I took them a couple of months and then never bought more.

Garden-of-Life-Primal-Defense-Ultra-Probiotic-Formula-658010112352So I decided on taking a liquid probiotic…Garden of Life found in the refrigerated section…the ones on the store shelf are not adequate…the live cultures need to be  stored in refrigerators. I will also eat 1/4 cup of raw sauerkraut daily for a few weeks…Bubbies is the only brand I know of that is ‘alive’… the rest in cans are like everything else you find in the packaged/canned section…no nutritional value.

I read up on everything Steven and I discussed and there are many successful stories about healing the gut and the skin will follow. It won’t happen overnight though so I will keep you posted…

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