Here’s The Thing

Today is the last day of the Autoimmune Revolution, but if you are interested in any of the talks from the last week, you have a bonus day tomorrow in which every talk will be open for twenty-four hours for free. So if you haven’t checked that out, remember what Scarlett taught us, “Tomorrow is another day!” But really, you only have the one day, starting at 10:00 Eastern so go here to sign up and check it out.

If you have only a few hours to listen tomorrow, here’s a few of my favorites to help you narrow down a bit:

  1. Peter Osborne, DC, DACBN, PScD
    Eliminating Autoimmune Pain Once and for All
  2. Kellyann Petrucci, ND
    The Ultimate Food for Autoimmune Recovery
  3. Mark Sisson
    Exercise, Diet and Chronic Autoimmune Pain
  4. Eric Zielinski, DC, MPH(c)
    Overcoming the “Chemical Soup” of Autoimmune Diseases
  5. Amy Myers, MD
    The Yeast-Autoimmune Connection
  6. Sayer Ji
    Using Self-Awareness, Common Sense and Good Judgement
  7. Jonathan Landsman
    Inexpensive Ways to Reduce Autoimmune Pain and Inflammation

Today’s topic is Infection: How it Influences Autoimmune disease. And this is really a timely topic for me. I’ve been fighting a respiratory infection for the last month. You know the way it goes catch a bug, think you’re well, relapse and it’s worse than the first bug and the cycle continues. But I can tell you that after two days of drinking Bone Broth, I am feeling much better. And this may be all in my head, but I think the smell of simmering chicken bones has actually helped to clear up the sinus part of my ailment.

Jonathan Landsman is just now talking about using Coconut Oil daily to help with gum disease and bacteria found in the mouth. That’s on I’ve never heard before, but I have Sjogrens which attacks the tear ducts and the saliva glands, so I am always dealing with dry eyes and mouth. I’ll have to share this one with my dentist.

But really, don’t we all know what we need to do? If you’ve done any kind of research in chronic pain or dealing with autoimmune disease, you’ve heard the big ones:

  • Sugar is poison. Cut it out of your diet. This is hard! Especially, if you live in the South. Sugar is our angel dust. It’s in our homemade cornbread, the Moon Pies they throw off the Mardi Gras Floats, our sweet tea, lemonade, for heaven’s sake, it’s in our whiskey! What’s a southern girl to do? Well, here’s the thing, you can ache and hurt and continue to eat a lot of sugar as many people do, or you can put sugar on that pedestal where it belongs. Sugar is special, like great-grandmama’s china, and should only be brought out on special occasions. And for doing that, you can have a square of dark chocolate which is good for you.
  • Exercise is a must. But that just means you have to move. Stretching doesn’t get enough credit for all the good it does. Really, there are days when stretching can get me out of bed and onto a good day, so stretch it out until you can walk, walk until you can dance, run if you have to, but if you see me running, something’s wrong so pick me up, garden, sway, hip-hop your way through cleaning house. Find innovative ways to get more movement into your life. You have to vacuum anyway, so why not put some great dance music on and get into it?
  • Cut out the stuff you know will kill you. You know what I’m talking about.
  • Drink water. Eat real food. (If you can’t pronounce the ingredients on the box, it’s not real food.) Move. Find something you love and do it!

Begin small. Just pick something, anything — get going. I did this just a few days ago, and even though the process hasn’t been perfect, my pain is better than it was when I started. I know when I have another bad day, I’ll go to my coping skills until it passes. And if I really mess up and eat way too much sugar (I have a sweet tooth, okay?), I’ll pay the price for it, and I’ll get back on the right track because I do not want to spend the rest of my life dealing with pain that could be controlled better if I would just suck it up and do what I need to do.

And guess what? There’s always a holiday just around the corner. Remember, we put those things away like great-grandmama’s china? It’s there. There will always be ice cream. Drink a glass of water, eat an apple and remember that when the next big holiday comes around you have earned your sugar karma. Then if you really want it, have some. But be mindful of what your body is telling you afterwards. You may just find out that it’s not worth the aches and pains.

I’m saving my sugar karma for a good shot of whiskey on the back porch when the moon is full and I’m in the mood for  Gram Parsons. A little whiskey and Grievous Angel is something to look forward to!


About Kat Kennedy

Writer poet living in Mobile, AL.
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Thank you for having a taste of Tea Cakes and Whiskey. Kat