Birthday wishes and revisiting an old friend.
Happy Birthday to me!
Seems weird to say but I have officially been a blogger for a year now. Below is my second posting OF ALL TIME! I thought I would revisit it with my experienced blogger eyes!
My recent stint in the Northwood’s brought back my thoughts on GERD and heartburn. See, I don’t really go to the Northwood’s for the fishing or the cabin lifestyle. My family are no lushes but we drink a lot! This year was no exception. We have a whole host of home brewers (even I was at one point) so we brought up 4 ¼ kegs of home brewed beer. Not to mention cases of back up (well needed) beer and of course a whole treasure trove of hard liquor.
First request (since my planning and packing sucks) from my mouth to anyone, “Can I get one of your heartburn pills?” I was inundated with pills to last the entire week as well as an entire bottle of Tums.
I managed to take two pills and a few Tums the entire trip.
Not just the gluten laced beer, the diet must shift. Or at least it has in past years. This year just felt different. (Course, I spent a lot of these days fasting through most meals. Who knew drinking squelches hunger?) Our customary fish fry was pushed to the side due to our new custom of deep fried chicken carcasses! The unfortunate part of frying in peanut oil was pushed to the side for the goodness of fried flesh and meat. Morning breakfasts were eggs and bacon. Evening meals were salads and a shit ton of meat.
Almost felt like home!
Life just seems so much simpler now that I no longer worry over these trivial things. I don’t walk into a restaurant thinking what is the safest choice to eat, without getting heartburn. Course walking into a restaurant seems to be as scarce to me as my GERD symptoms.
So this brings me back to my pills question. Why have we led ourselves to be brainwashed into thinking this is the just and right way to treat an illness. Heartburn, GERD, Diabetes (TII), Beer gut, Lethargy, Insomnia and all other forms of diseases of civilization. You don’t fix your car’s engine by changing the color of the paint do you? Then why do we treat a symptom rather than the cause of discomfort?
It’s like putting a pine scented car freshener in your car to cover up your gym bag rotting in the back seat foot well!
It doesn’t solve the underlying issue. Much like Diabetic socks don’t solve the true issues of Diabetes TII. I guess it’s just par for the course. We solve our spending habits by increasing our debt limit, we solve out housing problems by shopping dead beat mortgages to other lenders. It’s no wonder we mask our pain with pills. So is it that we are too afraid to face our problems or is it truly that we cannot monetize the cure.
Is it true that you can’t make money off healthy people? I guess it can be if you’re Big Pharma, John Doe cattle mutilator and Sally Kraft food conglomerate!
What would happen to our open markets if there was a huge transference from grain farming raped soil to grass fields full of cows? What would happen to Big Pharma, Medicaid, and Medicare if we altered our diets to whole unprocessed foods? Would we really fight over the negative or positive benefits of switching to sugar from High Fructose Corn Syrup? Let’s not church it up; this world needs a diet enema worse than Lindsey Lohan needs rehab.
I guess it just goes to show, if you really look for it, you will find it. No one is going to help you! How many times did I rely on my Doctor to tell me what is right for my body? Reminds me of a great inspirational post over at Nerd Fitness. Not going to rehash what he says other than put on your hard hat and figure out your problem. If anything give up the shit food and see what happens. Remember, it’s not all water weight, and no, you will not die without your buns and cereal!
Well, if you’re truly nostalgic and missed it the first time. My second post OF ALL TIME! Is reprinted below. God, I was so wet behind the ears back then!
Originally posted on 16, July 2010
In my last post, I discussed the path to the Paleo lifestyle for me. The health benefits from the Paleo lifestyle. Well, there is of course more to it than that. Heartburn, we all have it, I had it for as long as I can remember. I can remember having it as a kid, is that even possible? I have been heartburn free since changing to the Paleo lifestyle. It’s been fun, see you later! Now, I can say there is a huge correlation. When I am off the diet, i.e. eating the wrong stuff, get it back with a vengeance!
Let’s talk for a minute about heartburn and GERD (Gastro esophageal reflux disease). I, like most of us, was brought up by the TV ads and print ads telling me I can reduce the acid in my stomach that causes all those sleepless nights by popping a few TUMS. All that stomach acid from that spicy Thai dinner is creeping up the back of your throat. All that can be stopped with May lox. I had a tub of TUMS in the car, in my desk drawer, at home and usually (just in case) I carried a roll in my pocket. I was a boy scout after all! I could be seen ingesting these tabs by the handful. Then, they came out with the OTC pills. I think I already mentioned my avarice to medication. Well this was the ONE and only exception. I was religious to the pill. Every day, pop my little pink pill and my heartburn worries would fly away. By the end of the day, I would have to really plan my meals, god forbid I eat something spicy when my PILL is wearing off! It was a part time job. Well, that honeymoon ended, again, the pill thing.
Well, the Paleo diet has changed all of that and I have been heartburn free for over 6 months. In fact, during my research I stumbled upon an article written by The Healthy Skeptic.
I highly recommend all four parts of that article. It is very convincing. Think back to all of those TV ads and print ads. Now think of what the pharmaceuticals are doing to the heartburn industry. Imagine if they can do that with something so simple. What can they do with all of the other ailments of society, diseases of civilization?
I am no alarmist or conspiracy nut. When it is proof in my body, it is true.
Now, what can be better than heartburn going away? How about more energy, better sleep and a much healthier outlook on life.
No more tossing and turning to get to sleep. I no longer need to have a TV on to go to sleep. I can now make it to work in the morning without feeling as if I am going to end in the ditch from falling asleep.
The proof is in the pudding, even if you can’t eat the damn pudding!