Friday, December 31, 2010

[Video Blog] My Daily Workout

April 11th 2010, I made this video:

Mid December of 2010, I made this video:

See the difference in my body? It's freaking incredible.

Yesterday I went for a two-hour walk with my husband, and this morning we walked to the grocery store and then carried the groceries home. When a moved here (not even a year ago), I couldn't walk half way to the grocery store without being in a lot of pain. My sides would get stitches. My head would get dizzy. I'd get gas pains. Etc. Now, I can walk the entire way there, walk back carrying things and still have energy to put groceries away.

It's amazing.

Life is so wonderful when you finally have energy to live it!

Andy Pope wrote me this response after I sent him to this page:

"My thoughts are very positive tonight. I do not consider myself a raw foodist as of yet, although I am considering becoming one. Maybe half of my diet is raw. I rarely pay attention to diet. I do consider myself healthy, yes. I consider myself healthy because I feel healthy, I have good genes and excellent vital signs, I exercise regularly and vigorously, and I rarely if ever fall ill. I have not had the flu since January of 2001. I also have never gotten a flu shot. I would like to see more reader's comments on this blog, and yes, I will be back. No, this is not too many questions. (You know me.) As an addendum, I must add that I do not consider myself particularly *mentally* healthy, as I am an extremely mercurial person, prone to moods and what-not. Perhaps a raw food diet can address that aspect of health as well. Thank you for letting me share."

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

[Video Article] Raw Milk

Qutequte says;

We should start of a series of law suits against "organic" milk since...

#1. Artificial hormones aren’t natural (genetically made)
#2. Antibiotics fed or jabbed aren’t natural (man-made)
#3. Cows let free for five to ten minutes everyday to graze on nutrient-deficient or pesticide-laden grass isn’t exactly organic

In fact, milk interferes with absorption of magnesium. Without magnesium, the human body has to “steal” magnesium from bones just to digest and absorb calcium. Technically, milk causes osteoporosis.

As if this isn’t bad enough, imagine you may just be drinking milk with pus and blood from sore udders of cows, kept constantly expressed for milk and the poor cows standing all day long like some unpaid security guard!

Not to mention milk industry actually encourages cruelty to cows and bulls and is closely related to asthma and cancer (published in medical journals previously).

I responded to Qutequte's post:

There is another side to this story. What about the fact that almost all cow milk that is consumed is also pasteurized! The pasteurization process kills off all the enzymes. Enzyme activity is what allows the milk to be digested. Without those enzymes nobody digests their milk at all, leading to bacteria in the gut and intestines to feed on all the undigested milk. This is what causes most cases of lactose intolerance.

A lot of people recommend "enzyme tablets" without ever realizing that enzymes come in every raw, uncooked natural food item on the planet. So even if there were no puss, even if the cows were not given hormone-shots, even if the cows were treated well and feed healthy grass, the milk would still be unhealthy if it's still pasteurized.

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I, personally, choose not to drink any milk at all, but my husband will drink milk -- as long as it is raw milk. This isn't something that he decided to do because I went raw in September 2010. Rather, this was something he was doing before he met me. Why? He believed he had become lactose intolerant, and so did two of his siblings. It turns out that all three of them react horribly to pasteurized milk, but have no negative reaction to raw milk.

The Raw milk that is sold legally goes through vigorous testing and is held up to high standards. It's incredibly unlikely to become sick from drinking it if it is being sold legally at a store. Unfortunately, it is difficult to pass the inspection to legally sell raw milk, and many places are unwilling to sell it due to the stigma. In many places it is point-blank illegal to sell raw milk entirely.

[Blog] Heather Haxo Phillips

I stopped by Heather Haxo Phillips's website and noticed the "Ask Heather" feature. Thinking, with a pleasant smile, of my own "Ask Raederle" tab (labeled FAQ), I decided to ask a question.

The Question & Heather's Answer:

Question: If you were to suggest including three cooked foods (meals/dishes) to supplement an otherwise 100% raw diet, what foods would you suggest (from an entirely nutritional standpoint)?

~ Raederle Phoenix

Heather's Answer: I am not a nutritionist, but Raw Bay Area is lucky enough to have certified nutritionist Krissa Schwartz on our team. Krissa and I put our heads together.

You don’t need cooked food in order to get great nutrition, but if you want some cooked food, go for these three:

  • Legumes such as black beans, garbanzo beans, lentils, and split peas
  • Specific whole grains such as brown rice and quinoa
  • Lightly steamed vegetables

Beans are an excellent source of complex carbohydrate and fiber. They have micro-nutrients the body needs: folic acid, iron, protein, magnesium, manganese and potassium. In order to get maximum nutrition, sprout your legumes for a day or two before you cook them. Brown rice and quinoa are wonderful and versatile grains able to complement practically any food. Brown rice is rich in B vitamins and also has a good supply of protein and trace minerals. Combined with beans, you have a complete protein (all nine essential amino acids). All grains, should be rinsed thoroughly under cool running water to remove any dirt or debris before cooking.

Some quick serving ideas are:

  • Combining cooked kidney beans with black beans and white (navy) beans to make a colorful three-bean salad. Mix with raw tomatoes and scallions and dress with olive oil, lemon juice and black pepper.
  • Sprout and cook your beans. Mix the warm beans – and grains – into finely chopped kale. This will wilt and soften the kale but not cook it. Add a great raw sauce that you like – my favorite is tahini-basil. Guacamole and salsa are great sauce options too.
  • Cooked brown rice and quinoa make a nourishing breakfast porridge or dessert pudding. First cook your grain well with lots of extra water. Then add a raw nut milk of your choice, cinnamon, nutmeg, raisins and honey.

Beans and rice, lentils and rice, peas and rice – all of these combination can be wonderful together for many people. They are relatively easy to digest, filling, and most importantly, nutrient dense. Just make sure you do not add on unhealthful or processed dressings or sauces that contain processed sugars, MSG, low quality fats or extra salt.

~ Heather Haxo Phillips

I suspected that she would recommend beans, lentils and brown rice, but her reply did offer a little bit more than vaguely suggesting those, wouldn't you agree?

One thing I am not worried about is potassium. I drink coconut juice almost daily as well as eating bananas nearly daily as well.

I am wondering if I need more iron in my diet. As a woman, I'm losing a lot of iron on a monthly basis, after all.

My tastes for vegetables is limited, and I have been wondering if I should supplement my diet with a small portion of cooked foods for certain nutrients (and always have a large salad or vegetable wrap first to provide the essential digestive enzymes.)

I found this piece of advice somewhat surprising; "All grains, should be rinsed thoroughly under cool running water to remove any dirt or debris before cooking." I've never washed my rice prior to cooking it (in the past, when I used to eat brown rice several times a week.) Does it really matter if you're cooking it anyway? Dirt does hold nutrients, and it can't be much...

I'm hesitant to have any rice in my diet for the same reason I can't have bread in my diet. I get ravenous cravings after having only a little. I begin to wonder if I have some strange allergy to grains. I've read connections between allergies and food addictions, and considering that grains make me bloat and crave food with horrendous ferocity, it makes me suspect that.

However, I've met plenty of people who eat one slice of bread, and then want another, and then have a third, a fourth, and then decide to just finish the loaf while they're at it. I have not seen the same trend with brown rice as prominently as with bread, but most bread offers the double-blade of also containing sugar.

And so, I'm hesitant to add any brown rice back into my diet because I don't want to start craving it again after I have managed to get to a place where I no longer crave it. Still, I believe Heather's answer is pretty sound. Brown long-grain rice is a huge step up from the white minute-rice, and an even larger step up from a frozen-dinner side or a canned soup-something-or-other.

I love her advice at the end; "Just make sure you do not add on unhealthful or processed dressings or sauces that contain processed sugars, MSG, low quality fats or extra salt."

Of course, she doesn't know it, but I would never dream of touching those things. While I may have the very, very occasional cooked serving of food in the future, I wouldn't even nibble or sip something with mono-sodium-glutamate, lab-altered sugar, etc. The stuff is so toxic... Wish I could force feed a 2-liter of soda to the people running the FDA every day for two months: see if they still consider it safe for consumption then!

Friday, December 17, 2010

[Blog] Three Months & Two Weeks Raw

Raederle enjoying some greens in November 2010 in her kitchen, photographed by her husband Jay Paul Jacot.
Anyone care to comment on my choice of clothing...?

Six Benefits
Of Going Raw

Some Entirely Unexpected
My Personal Experience From 15 Weeks On Raw Foods

It has been three months and two weeks since I embarked on the journey of transferring to a wholly raw diet. There have been benefits, which was to be expected, but some have been unsought and curious in their arrival.

  • 1. Soreness & Stiffness Vanished

The benefit that showed itself the most prominently and immediately was the elimination of soreness. I used to wake daily with neck pains and a sore back. Almost immediately after the switch to a raw diet I began to wake completely free of stiffness and soreness regardless of activity or lack thereof the day before.

  • 2. Recovery Time Shortened To 10% Of Former Time

The second benefit that showed itself to advantage within the first couple of weeks is the quick recovery time. Where it used to take days to stop feeling sore or tired from hard activity, now it takes mere hours, or a little extra sleep. Where thirty minutes of walking used to call for an hour of rest, now I find that I can walk for twice as long and continue to be on my feet.

I want to make it clear that I have always been lacking in energy and muscle tone, my entire life. I have more energy now than I did as a toddler. I have always been so lacking in energy that I have never developed the muscle mass required for any real sport or heavy activity. To suddenly jump from an hour session of yoga leaving me sore all week, to being able to do an hour session of yoga on a daily basis is not a coincidence or a gradual build up. It was directly coinciding with the switch to raw foods, and incredibly unmistakable.

Last December I was working on a regime of doing push-ups in order to build up muscle in my arms. I was diligently following the 100-push-up-plan and seeing some result. I was doing the push-ups from my knees, but I found myself plateauing and unable to continue the plan at the suggested rate when I reached week five of the program in December of 2009.

The program suggested repeating a week if you could not progress smoothly to the next one. I repeated week five three times, without finding that I could go beyond it, and lost interest. I was tired of my arms always being sore and to so little perceivable benefit.

On September 3rd, 2010 I transferred to a wholly raw diet, unless you count cooked tea (which some people do), which I have a about six cups of a week. (Green tea generally, I have forgone black tea in the past couple months.) I expected more energy, but the ability to continue to gain muscle each time I work out, with less and less recovery time required, and more and more result without plateauing, I hadn't imagined.

[If you wish to see what a "wholly raw diet" looks like, I invite you to visit my Raw Food Log which contains logs of what I eat as well as extensive photography of my meals.]

  • 3. Constant, Unrelenting Energy

Energy was something I did expect, but I didn't quite comprehend how different it would be to have so much energy. It is not the same as a sugar-rush when you are bouncing off the walls with useless hyperactivity that soon degrades into melancholy at best, a migraine at worst. It is not the same as a burst of energy that comes from the happiness of a gift, or a unexpected visit from a loved one.

This type of energy is constant. It doesn't ebb away on you all of the sudden. It doesn't rush up and flood you and make you feel like you're going to burst. Instead, there is just the constant feeling that you can accomplish anything you set your mind to.

There is energy to do a work-out, walk to the grocery store, carry the groceries home, put them away, wash fruits and vegetables, chop them up and make a gorgeous salad and/or smoothie, eat and enjoy them, clean up and then do another work-out before checking your facebook or retiring with a book. This is monumental when before there was barely energy to make the meal, much less walk to the store to fetch it and add in work-outs at any given opportunity.

And if, by chance, that energy seems to fade, it is so easily recaptured by throwing vegetables in the blender with lots of water and then drinking them. (Incidentally, I have found a way to make green drinks more palatable by half. Adding cranberries seems to take the edge off, for one, adding more water helps tremendously, for two, and for three, straining out the pulp and then using the said pulp to make crackers in the dehydrator also helps a bunch.)

  • 4. Mood Boost

I have always known that my mood was affected by what I ate. I didn't know it quite so well as I know now, however. Certain nutrients, such as Omegas and B-Vitamins are very vital to how your brain is functioning and how you are feeling. Other factors, such as toxins and parasites can also affect how you feel.

One particular girl in my eighth grade class made this apparent to me. She was a sugar-addict. And I do mean addict. She was hyper-crazy one moment, and tired and complaining the next. She ate candy through every single class of the day. She was often seen in front of the vending machine to get another pack of starburst candies or skittles or twix, or whatever. She drank soda constantly as well.

I remember her because she took an interest in me. One minute she was pretending to be my friend, trying to get a dollar out of me so that she could buy some candy, and the next minute she was professing how ugly I was, how stupid I was, and how she was so, so, so much better than I. I was, of course, insulted, but I also was very timid at that point in my life and didn't want to fight, and so I answered anything she said quite meekly or not at all.

She became of interest to me. I started to watch her patterns. She drank a soda and ate her stores of candy throughout the beginning of the day, and she was happy, hyper and smiling. Then, shortly after she ran out she became vicious, angry at everyone, and continually had her hand on her head declaiming that she had a headache and ought to be excused from class. This pattern repeated almost every single day, every single class. When she came to school without her candy or soda, she complained from the start, but didn't have the headache.

And so, I've known all along there was a connection, but the connection is so very deep and complex and different from person to person that it can not be so easily capsulized. Especially because some foods lift your mood just because of an emotional response that is barely connected to the chemical reactions of the food itself within your body.

However, all of that said, I've found a combination of raw-vegan foods that contain some omega and b-vitamins, potassium and other important things that really, really does a number on my mood. While my entire mood has been improved since going raw to a degree I had not foreseen, I still have normal slumps whenever something unpleasant occurs or whenever I eat the same thing too much and let myself get out of balance.

My cure: A banana smoothie with these very particular ingredients: Two bananas, a dram of coconut juice, a little water, around a quarter cup of raw cocoa nibs, around a quarter cup of ground flax (or whole flax seeds), a few fresh berries (generally blueberries) and sometimes a little bit of a kale leaf. Sometimes I make these same ingredients into pudding or crackers. It depends on how wet you make it as to whether or not it is a smoothie or a pudding or crackers. (Turning it into a cracker requires drying it, and I do not find that the crackers lift my mood in the same way, although they taste great.)

  • 5. Expanding The Horizons Of Tastebuds

I've always been a very, very picky eater. I didn't like any meat with my cheese or any cheese with my meat, at all. I rarely liked home made cheesy pasta dishes. I didn't like broccoli plain and raw, nor did I like it steamed, but if it were cooked for an hour and then slathered with butter I would eat it. I would not eat canned corn, but liked it on the cob with butter and salt. I would not eat meat raviolis, but liked ravioli stuffed with cheese. I didn't like sandwich meats, but I did like bacon, lettuce and tomato with miracle whip atop wheat bread. I didn't like scrambled eggs, but I would eat them sunny-side up with a side of buttered toast. And never, ever did I want a salad, unless of course it was a fruit salad.

How did I manage to go raw with such picky tastes that didn't even include much of any vegetables at all?

If you've read my story then you understand that my diet began to change long before I discovered raw-foodism out of necessity. My entire diet was making me ill, and so I sought relief from the multitudes of things that were wrong with me.

Yet every change I made before I discovered raw-foodism was a struggle. I was always giving up something. It was one sacrifice after another without anything to replace the eliminations with. I knew I had to give up sugars, and so I tried to fill in the gap with fruits. I knew I had to give up pasta, so I tried to fill it in with brown rice. I knew bread had to go, so I tried to substitute with corn chips. I ate more rice and chips as a result of not eating meat. Salads barely crept into my diet, but it was still with resentment. Before I discovered raw-foodism, I was at a loss. I felt miserable about my options and I felt deprived.

Then I went to a raw food potluck for the first time in the spring of 2009. To my astonishment, I liked almost everything that was served. This, from a very, very picky eater, was baffling. I was used to liking one or two dishes out of twenty, so to be presented with twenty-five different entirely new foods and to like around fifteen of them was a completely new experience.

I've found this to be true at every raw potluck I've been to. I like nearly everything on the table, all except for one or two dishes, instead of barely liking one or two, as was my previous experience with family gatherings and parties. How could this be? What was the difference?

People who become raw-foodists are not just ordinary people. They have generally been through a tough health struggle that led them to find answers. They are seeking something more from life, seeking more from their bodies. Suddenly bereft of the food they grew up they become very creative, inspired and driven in the task of inventing new dishes and discovering amazing things to do with food. The ultimate result is high-quality dishes bursting with creativity, inspiration, love, compassion, quality, flavor and nutrition.

When I make a dish for a raw potluck I'm looking to do several things: To impress. I love to show off what I can do, don't we all? To nourish. The whole point of this diet is to give the body what it really needs; you should feel good after you eat, not bad. To be creative. I want to do something new and different as often as possible, and express my creativity in the flavor and arrangement of whatever I bring.

I think that everyone must feel the same when they put together what they are bringing to a potluck. They all want to bring a flavorful, impressive, nourishing, creative and delightful dish. The result is that everyone experiences something new, everyone is left full, satisfied and deeply nourished, and everyone is in an excellent mood. It makes a great gathering that feels like family, even among strangers.

I wasn't looking to discover new foods and new ways of eating when I started trying to fix my health many years ago. I wasn't planning on it when I decided to go raw over three months ago now. And yet, since I started really exploring raw foods six or seven months ago, and especially since I've "gone raw" I've discovered countless new ways to prepare food, countless new edible fruits and vegetables, and countless combinations pleasing to the eye, mouth and belly.

  • 6. Beautified Experiences

I didn't expect this one, at all.

Fresh foods are colorful. Bright red (peppers, strawberries), blood red (beets, cheeries), pink (raspberries), blue (blueberries), orange (mangoes, carrots, kumquats), yellow (lemon, pineapple, bananas), dark green (chard, kale, spinach), medium green (lettuce), light green (celery, cucumber), etc.

Cooked foods are not. Most everything above will turn brown when cooked, excluding only a few, and the few that do not turn brown still lose some color except beets. Besides cooked foods, other things which are not healthy tend to come in shades of brown, white, and cream. White flour, white sugar and the various shades of breads, sugars, pastas, etc.

Fresh foods are naturally more beautiful. The way things are in nature is naturally more aesthetically appealing. To compound the phenomenon, I have been photographing much of what I eat which makes me very conscious of the aesthetics of the plate of food I am about to eat. Even when I'm not going to take a photo, I now automatically try to arrange each plate in a pleasing manner. It's become habit.

I wouldn't have ever thought about it previously, but now it occurs to me that it is much more pleasant to always be eating such a beautiful meal. It's very delightful for each and every plate to be a work of art. It's the same as feeling good because you are in a beautiful room or viewing at a lovely vista. It is soothing to the soul to see something of beauty, which is why we are forever seeking a mate who is not just kind, but also attractive in our eyes.

We crave beauty. I begin to believe that part of why the raw food diet leaves me so much more satisfied might very well have to do with the innate beauty of everything I am eating, and the art I create on each plate before I devour it.

While I am an artist, and thereby this may have more of an effect for me than for some, I do not believe this effect is lost on others. In general, people respond positively when presented with something beautiful, even if the dish is not all that good, even if it is not what they wanted. It takes a truly exceptionally well-flavored dish to overcome a poor presentation when it comes to presenting someone with something unfamiliar.

Luckily, when working with raw foods, it's quite easy to make a dish very appealing and beautiful, even if you are not an artist.

~ Raederle Phoenix An Lydell West Jacot

PS: I'm currently preparing for a major awesome event that I'm hosting with a yogi-friend of mine. It is taking place in San Fransisco on January 9th 2011. It will include a raw food banquet, a class on nutrition, practices to strengthen your internal organs, creative expression that is hands-on, as well as a chakra-based free-form interactive dance. For details, click here.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

[Article Blog] Panic Attacks

I've just read about some of the most common symptoms of panic attacks, and found myself intrigued because used to experience all of them, but no longer experience any of them.

  • Rapid heart beat, pounding heart or palpitations

I experienced this frequently between the ages of eight and sixteen.

  • Excessive or inappropriate sweating

I experienced this frequently as far back as I can remember (around six years old is as far as I recall well) until the age of nineteen.

  • Shaking visibly or inside

I experienced this often throughout my life, but the most often was between the ages of nine and fifteen.

  • Choking sensations or lump in throat (Globus Hystericus)

I experienced this a lot in my life, but mostly between the ages of eight and fifteen.

  • Smothering or shortness of breath sensations

I experienced this very often between the ages of seven and seventeen.

  • Chest pains

I experienced chest pains on a nearly daily basis from the age of nine to fifteen, and around twice a week from sixteen to eighteen, and around monthly at the age of nineteen and twenty.

  • Nausea, bloating, indigestion or abdominal discomfort

I felt this on a daily basis from the age of fifteen to seventeen, and on and off between the ages of eighteen and twenty.

  • Dizziness or unsteadiness

I experienced this nearly constantly from the age of eight and twelve, and quite frequently from thirteen to seventeen, and every now and then at eighteen.

  • Feeling light-headed

The sensation of being light-headed was nearly constant for various smatterings of time ranging from a week to a few months at a time throughout the ages of nine to sixteen.

  • De-realization (feeling unreal or dreamy)

I felt this so often from six years old to twelve that both my parents and my teachers seriously wondered if I was all there. It was speculated that I my have an autism-spectrum disorder, or some other learning disability or handicap.

  • Depersonalization (feeling outside yourself or like you don't exist)

I felt this especially intensely from nine to thirteen and from fifteen to sixteen.

  • Fear of losing control or going crazy

I had an acute fear that I was losing my mind from nine to eleven. This makes perfect sense when you consider everything else I experienced during this time period. I began to come out of that at the age of eleven (ironically) because of a guy I met online (twenty years older than myself) who I began to have a several-hour long weekly conversation with. Having an adult to consult with who was outside of the situation, who was my friend (and not my teacher or parent) and who I could have innocent fantasies about, to confide in helped me pull out of my suicidal tendencies. Counselors, teachers, and family just couldn't pull me out of it.

  • Paresthesias (numbness or tingling sensations) in face, extremities or body

This was frequent in my feet from before I can remember until the age of fifteen.

  • Chills or hot flushes

I had chills and flushes of heat frequently, but it's hard to say that these were not confined to times when I was most certainly ill or not, since I was ill so often.

  • Skin losing color

It was often remarked that I looked "pale" or "sick" or "pasty" by teachers, family and 'friends' up until the age of seventeen.

  • Blushing or skin blotches

This occurred often from the age of ten to thirteen.

  • Urgently needing to urinate or defecate

This was very common for me throughout my life, and I didn't have much control over it (despite trying to hold it as long as I could many, many times to help 'enlarge my bladder') until the age of nineteen or twenty. Although this one I still moderately experience to some degree, it's no where near to the degree I used to.

  • Inappropriate/Disturbed thoughts

Disturbed just doesn't cover it. My thoughts were morbid and obscene and frightening and often entirely out of control from the age of nine to fifteen, and often disturbed before and after, even if not to the same degree. Sometimes, on rare occasion, I now have a bout of 'disturbed thoughts' but they are not very intense and my newest treatment for them (raw chocolate banana pudding with no added sweeter whatsoever) is highly effective.

  • Muscle pain, especially in neck or shoulders

This began in earnest when I was in eleven, and didn't improve at all until I was nineteen.

I'm curious as to whether or not there has ever been a connection drawn between diet and panic attacks before.

These symptoms were often in combination with "stitches" in my side (sharp pains running through the sides, somewhat forward from the direct middle of my sides).

When I told my mom about some of these symptoms she became very concerned. I told her about it at length at the age of nine, I believe. She told me that chest pains could be very serious, and that if I ever felt them I should sit down immediately and calm my breathing. She told me that if I didn't, it was possible that I could die (depending, of course, on what the pains meant.)

I grew up believing more and more firmly that I had a serious disease that I would die from at a young age. Around the age of eleven my mom began to suspect I had lupus, but the doctors wouldn't credit her theory.

At the age of sixteen I told my mother that I didn't really believe I'd live past the age of twenty-seven. The number "felt like" it had "significance," and I believed that feeling meant I would die at that age. Secretly I hoped that meant that I would find prince charming at that age, because after-all, that would be a much more enjoyable outcome even it meant waiting so many years for it to happen.

As it turns out, when I began to change my diet at the age of sixteen many of the symptoms began to go away. The dizziness came less often, and the splitting headaches began to lessen, the side pains lessened.

I became encouraged to do more food research to see if I could eliminate some of my symptoms. Today, after six years of altering my diet in stages (based on more and more continual research on a nearly daily basis for several of those years), I never randomly feel dizzy. My heart doesn't just begin to hurt out of no where anymore. I don't suddenly feel like I can't breath anymore. As well as many other issues I used to have dissipating.

This leads me to believe that many other people with "panic attacks" could be cured the same way I was. Through food.

If changing the diet of someone with Panic Attacks as completely as I did over the course of the past six years doesn't cure them, then -- and only then -- would I consider it something they would have to permanently live with.

Although, if it were me, I'd still keep searching for an answer through exercise, food and mental/emotional techniques.

To read more about the horrifying chronic illnesses I had throughout my life, and how I recovered from them, click here.

On a related note, something else that has helped me besides diet is an excellent book I read, The Art of Happiness. I wrote a blog entry about that. Click here to read it.