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NAET Treatments & Hashimoto’s: Treatment #8 – Vitamin B

NAET Treatments & Hashimoto’s: Treatment #8 – Vitamin B

Disclosure: you may find links in this article to various products I use. I am NOT being compensated in any way for this advertising. They are simply products that I have found to work well for me.

If  you’re just now joining us and would like to catch up on what we’ve done so far, please click on the links below:

  1. Brain Body Balance
  2. Egg Mix
  3. Calcium Mix
  4. Vitamin C
  5. Sugar
  6. Base
  7. Rice & Potatoes

My week following the last treatment for rice and potatoes was uneventful, other than finding out I really don’t want to eat potatoes that much anymore. I think I will opt for rice instead for this treatment coming up. I just like it more.

The avoidance period for this treatment is very challenging. As I mentioned in a previous post, pretty much everything has B vitamins in it, so the only things you can usually eat for this treatment are deep fried fish, deep fried potatoes, white rice and cauliflower. However, I have a brand of veggie chips that I eat (Terra Chips) that claim to be free of vitamin B. I had my practitioner test me for these when I went for the treatment and she said it would be ok for me to eat them. Boy, did that ever turn out to be a lifesaver!

Some people really like deep fried foods, especially if they are still generally adhering to the standard American diet. But, I’ve been off of them for a long, long time and I just really don’t like them so much anymore. I also eliminated rice a couple of years ago after realizing it was contributing to my sugar cravings. As for cauliflower, it’s good for you, but a person with a thyroid problem needs to be judicious about how much is consumed. Cauliflower is considered a goitrogenic food, which means it has the potential to suppress thyroid function, especially if eaten raw. I always cook these foods and try not to eat them more than a few times a week.

I ordered a very small deep fryer in order to fry fish for this treatment, since I didn’t feel I could trust that fish fried at a restaurant would meet all my allergy requirements. I decided to do my frying the day before my treatment, so I wouldn’t have to bother with it after the treatment. I’m usually pretty tired right after these treatments and, many times, that fatigue carries all the way through the avoidance period. Sometimes I only regain my energy the day after coming off of the avoidance period.

Holy Hot Oil! The deep frying was a disaster! I followed the instructions on the fryer and filled it with oil up to the “max line”. When I submerged the basket full of fish into the oil, the oil overflowed onto the counter and all over the floor of the kitchen.

There I was with a truly hot mess on my hands.

My kitties loved this, of course. What an adventure. I did not.

I almost just gave up, but I knew I couldn’t because I would have nothing to eat. So, I just gathered myself and proceeded to clean up everything and try again. I finally managed to make enough fish to last for 2 days, which is my typical avoidance time. I also made enough rice to last for 2 days.

The treatment itself went as usual. We discussed what supplements I would have to avoid: my multivitamin (this always makes life a little harder when I’m not on it) and my 5-htp supplement, which helps me sleep.

My practitioner then muscle tested me for vitamin B and I was very weak. The usual progression of spinal “massage”, energy work, and acupuncture followed. Afterwards, I tested strong for vitamin B.

The avoidance period was not fun. I ate my first meal of fried fish, rice, cauliflower, and Terra chips and, about an hour after eating, my blood sugar started to go down. In order to counteract this, I ate more fish, but I removed the coating first.

Protein always stabilizes my blood sugar.

I knew immediately that I was going to have to cut out the rice and take the coating off of the fish and just eat fish, cauliflower and Terra Chips for the next 2 days. Blech! except for the chips 🙂

So, that’s what I did and I didn’t experience any more issues with my blood sugar after that. But, what a horrible diet to be on. I really hope I don’t have to do anything like that again during these treatments.

My hope for the vitamin B treatment was that it would make a big difference in the state of my muscles, since they tend to get very tight and form knots from time to time, and the B vitamins are critical for muscle function. Unfortunately, the opposite happened, but I don’t think it was because of the treatment. I think the reductions that I took in my meds a couple of weeks ago finally caught up with me. So I increased my LDN (low dose naltrexone) up to 2 mg. to see if that would help.

What’s happening with my muscles now is pretty common when I have an episode. Usually, the left side of my neck and my left shoulder and arm are very tight. This has been a constant since my muscle problems started about 20 years ago. This particular configuration is connected to old injuries sustained while I was playing my flute 8 hours a day for all those years. But what sometimes happens when I have a flare-up is that my right side will suddenly tighten and become very painful for no apparent reason and my left side will actually release. It’s pretty bizarre. This is what happened after this treatment. As a result, I had to go back to the chiropractor and massage therapist for some pain relief as I waited for the increase in my LDN to begin working. This can take anywhere from a couple of days to 2 weeks to happen.

In the meantime, I’m pushing forward with these treatments because I know that, as I get more of them under my belt, everything will continue to improve.

Onward and upward!

Vanessa

Vanessa Gunter, D.M.A., M.A.

NAET Treatments & Hashimoto’s: #7 – Rice & Potatoes

NAET Treatments & Hashimoto’s: #7 – Rice & Potatoes

Following is a list of everything we’ve covered up to this point. Feel free to click on the links to revisit or catch up on any of my previous NAET posts:

  1. Brain Body Balance
  2. Egg Mix
  3. Calcium Mix
  4. Vitamin C
  5. Sugar
  6. Base

As I stated in my last NAET post, following the last treatment, I was able to go off of all of my digestive enzyme supplements! This is a vast improvement for my digestive system and I’m really looking forward to doing stomach acid, which is a few treatments away, to see what differences that might  make.

Treatment #7 was for rice and potatoes. This treatment is not considered one of the “Basic 15”, but was a little “side trip” in order to prepare me for doing the vitamin B treatment. The vitamin B treatment is challenging, in terms of what you can eat, so my practitioner wanted to try to give me as many options as possible. Since I normally don’t do well with either rice or potatoes, the hope is that treating me for these foods will allow me to tolerate them more easily.

The treatment began, as usual, with muscle testing to see if I cleared the last treatment, which was for digestive enzymes. I did, so we were able to simply move forward from there. My practitioner then tested me for rice and potatoes and, of course, I was weak.  We went through the usual treatment series: spinal “massage” with breathing and energy work, followed by acupuncture.

The avoidance for this treatment turned out to be very easy for me, since I never eat rice or potatoes anyway. My practitioner instructed me to eat a small amount of rice and potatoes regularly after the avoidance period (which was calculated at 50 hours again) to see how well I tolerate them.

We also discussed what I would be able to eat following the vitamin B treatment, which would be after this treatment. The list was not pretty: deep fried fish, deep fried potatoes, white rice, cauliflower…ugh. I decided I would purchase a very small deep fryer so that I could control this process and use my own gluten-free batter for the fish. I have not eaten deep fried anything in about 30 years and haven’t ever really done my own deep frying, so this should be interesting.

After my avoidance period was over, I did try eating potatoes and rice. I’m not fond of potatoes anymore. I’ve lived too long without them. I do like rice, however, but I know I’ll have to be careful about how much I eat after the vitamin B treatment.

I continued to feel pretty good after this treatment and I have been able to hold onto the reductions I made in my medications so far, so that is a good sign.

The adventure continues….

To healing,

Vanessa

Vanessa Gunter, D.M.A., M.A.

NAET Treatments & Hashmoto’s: Treatment #6 – Base

NAET Treatments & Hashmoto’s: Treatment #6 – Base

To catch up on what we’ve done so far in this series, you can click on any of the links below:

  1. Brain Body Balance
  2. Egg Mix
  3. Calcium Mix
  4. Vitamin C
  5. Sugar

My sixth NAET treatment was for digestive enzymes or, in NAET parlance, “Base”. I was pretty excited about this treatment because I’ve had an enzyme deficiency for a very long time. I was also a little skeptical, I must say. It was hard for me to understand how my body could just begin to produce enzymes again after being unable to for so long. But, I decided to trust the process and just see what might happen.

We began the session with the usual: muscle testing to see if I cleared the last treatment for sugar, and I did. As a result, I should be able to eat some things that contain sugar, but since this is still fairly early on in the treatment process, I decided to be safe and try only a few cooked apples. I was able to eat these with, what seemed to be, no problems, but I continue to be very judicious about how many of these I eat and how often I eat them.

As the session continued, we discussed the supplements I would have to avoid for this digestive enzyme treatment. Obviously, I would have to stay away from digestive enzymes, but, unfortunately, my hydrochloric acid supplement also has enzymes in it, so I would have to avoid that as well. We decided that apple cider vinegar could be used instead if I had problems.

As for food, I would need to avoid eggs, vegetables, beans and dairy products. This left me with a couple of days of eating basically meat, quinoa, and the special bread I make. I joked as I was going through this that I was on a “brown” diet because everything on my plate was brown. Other than the monochrome nature of the food, the diet wasn’t particularly hard to follow and I was able to stay on the majority of my supplements, so that really wasn’t a problem either.

The remainder of the treatment was as before: I was tested for digestive enzymes and found to be weak. This was then followed by spinal “massage” with breathing, which was followed by energy work, and that was followed by acupuncture. My practitioner then retested for the enzymes and I tested strong.

My practitioner also tested to see if we could treat for rice and potatoes at the next session in order to prepare me for the vitamin B treatment coming up. The vitamin B treatment is really challenging as there is very little that you can eat, since almost everything contains vitamin B. Hence, the need to clear my system of any issues it might have with rice and potatoes (and I have a history of problems with both).

My avoidance period was, once again, calculated at 50 hours. At the end of the avoidance period, I decided not to take anymore enzymes and I have been off of them ever since.

I was able to eliminate both of my digestive enzyme supplements with this one treatment.

I continue to be astounded at the changes I am experiencing with these treatments. This is much more improvement than I have had with any other approach I have tried. So exciting!

To continued healing,

Vanessa

Vanessa Gunter, D.M.A., M.A.