Hi, K --
Thanks for the links and other information. After reading the Reddit post and responses, I followed one of the links to an article
Australian Physician Barry Marshall and how he infected himself with H. Pylori to prove that was the cause of ulcers and not stress. That's dedication. I wonder what Physician or Research Scientist is ready to infect themselves with Lyme and Co-Infections to help us?
As for H. Pylori, I can't recall if I was ever tested. I came close, within the last year or two. I was at my Doctor's office and they had an H. Pylori Breath Test Kit. But, they couldn't tell me what was in the solution I was supposed to drink. So, I skipped the test, out of concern the solution might have artificial sweeteners -- which I discovered years ago were one of the triggers for my migraines. (When I got home, I went online and found the solution did contain an artificial sweetener.)
So, instead, I decided to try my Doctor's non-drug "H. Pylori Eradication Program" that included:
- Gastromend-HP: Two capsules twice daily on an empty stomach for 2-4 weeks.
- PB-8 Probiotics: Two capsules daily.
- Rhizinate (DGL): Chews one tablet 20 minutes prior to meals.
- HCL w/Pepsin: No specific dosing instructions provided.
I followed that for either two or four weeks (can't recall) and can't say I noticed much difference. Rather than continuing with Probiotics, DGL, and HCL, I quit all of them. I have a bad (?) habit of not continuing things I'm not reasonably certain are helping me, due to all the money I've (we've all) spent on supplements.
Last week, I spoke to my Doctor about
an antiviral protocol that I recently shared with him. He's
open to giving it a try, but I asked for some preliminary baseline testing. He agreed and asked me for a list of which tests I want. On Monday, I think I'll call and ask him to add H. Pylori to the list. At this point, I'm willing to drink the artificially-sweetened solution, in order to complete the breath test. (What's one more migraine?) I just read there's also blood and stool testing. I'd be willing to try those, too, in addition to the breath kit. If H. Pylori is found, I'd probably take antibiotics. The last antibiotic I had was November 2015. I'll be sure to take probiotics, too.
Well, that's certainly way more than I expected to say about
I totally understand what you mean about
needing to disengage from the Lyme/health obsession. I'm sure most others feel the same way, too. I've been particularly concerned about
the Moderators, as they put a lot of time and effort into the forum. I used to visit more, but it because somewhat of an obsession for me, too. I've never been good at moderating things in life -- I'm either doing it too much or hardly at all. So, I go through cycles of being on the forum for a while and then being away for weeks or months.
Currently, my bigger challenge is YouTube and the various health channels. Recently, as you likely know, there's been quite a few people leaving the Vegan "lifestyle" and switching to Carnivore. This, predictably, has caused a whirlwind of drama reminiscent of a bunch of teenage girls. Through this, however, there have been some good discussions about
why people are abandoning the Vegan diet. Of course, I've also read about
people switching from Paleo, Ketogenic, and Carnivore to Vegan diets. Those Vegans are brutal, though, when someone defects for health reasons. Broadly speaking, they seem to have more compassion for animals than people.
Finally, as for the boredom factor of a Carnivore diet, I guess that's not so bad. At least you always know what you're having for your next meal. Currently, I spend a lot of time thinking about
what I'm going to eat next, based on the last YouTube video I watched or podcast I heard. It's maddening. What I want, of course, is a list of "Good" and "Bad" foods, so I can just follow a plan. But, I know it's not that easy and varies between people and can change over time. Maybe part of the issue is we have the same foods available all year, rather than having a rotation of seasonal crops. Who knows. I know I'm not smart enough to figure it out. Though, that doesn't keep me from trying. To quote David Sedaris from his book Naked
: "What I really hated, of course, was my mind. There must have been an off switch somewhere, but I was darned if I could find it."
Wishing you the best,