My Journey to Recovery: An Update

Hey guys! Just wanted to log a brief update on my health journey here.

I think I’m finally seeing a new wave of improvements!!

The past few days, I’ve generally had a little more energy and better balance (less dizziness). I’m sometimes feeling hot/overheated (rather than cold most of the time, though I am still sensitive to cold if I’m in a cold place). It also seems that I’m generally requiring a little less sleep.

My gut health and adrenal strength seem to be gradually improving.

So what’s working? What’s making the difference?

Turkey bone broth (instead of chicken broth)

I recently made this change (around Thanksgiving), and I’ve gotta say, turkey broth is working waaaay better than chicken broth ever did for me. It doesn’t give me the weird feeling in my head (pressure, tension) that I got with chicken broth.

Turkey broth doesn’t have the lectins that can be so harmful to those with type B blood (my blood type). I think chicken broth was causing about as many problems as it was solving (damaging the gut with lectins as fast as it was healing it with amino acids).

Some other foods I’ve introduced recently:

Cacao butter (But not cacao powder, as I am sensitive to the stimulants and intolerant of the sulfur in the cacao bean. But cacao fat [butter] – which is from the same plant, but chemically a “different animal” – works for me.)


Sprouted quinoa (I was eating quinoa, but not in sprouted form). Sprouting makes the nutrients of grains and pseudograins (like quinoa) more bioavailable. Quinoa is the only “grainy” thing I’m eating (I stopped eating amaranth because it was beginning to make me feel tired/sick. Again, probably because of the lectins. I am very lectin-sensitive, and this may be due to my homozygous (double, or from both parents) mutation on the CNR1 gene [rs1049353]).

And…*drum roll*…


Tiger Nuts

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Tiger nuts aren’t actually nuts, and tend to be safe for most people with nut allergies.

Tiger nuts (at least dried ones) look like mini, shriveled-up potatoes. Like potatoes, they are tubers, but the tiger nut boasts a much richer supply of healthy fats, with a fatty acid composition similar to that of olive oil.

Tiger nuts are rich in antioxidants and fiber, possess antibacterial properties, work as a prebiotic, help lower bad cholesterol (LDL), and may be beneficial for those suffering from diabetes.

For more info on tiger nuts, check out Tiger Nuts: Facts, Nutrition, Benefits, and Healthy Recipes from

They also appear to be a fairly decent source of magnesium! I’ve been able to get away with taking a little less magnesium lately (doing so would normally cause me to feel pretty crappy – muscle cramps, aches, fatigue), but I think tiger nuts (and possibly cacao butter, but I have yet to verify this) might be the reason for the decreased supplementation requirements.

Other Foods

Technically, the tiger nut probably counts as a vegetable, but other than that, I’m not eating any veggies.

As far as meat goes, I am eating turkey (in moderation) and occasionally some fish.

I am still avoiding or limiting high-sulfur foods.


Some vitamins that have been helping (besides B6, zinc, and magnesium):

Silver (for gut infection)

A supplement for candida (yeast) infection (containing undecylenic acid, caprylic acid, Cat’s Claw, Uva Ursi, and Pau D’Arco).

An essential oil combination (BFB-1), which I apply to my thumbs and big toes – to combat the biofilm in the gut (this was at my doctor’s recommendation, and it seems to be helping! He also recommended applying it to the earlobes, but I got the OK to avoid that because the smell is so strong).

Charcoal (from bamboo, not coconut) – this is an excellent binder, helping to flush ammonia and other toxins from the system. However, it is important to try to take it apart from food or other supplements, because it will also bind to those things, removing beneficial nutrients from the body!

The charcoal I use: Takesumi Supreme Capsules, 90 capsules

Additionally, I’ve noticed I generally feel better when I consume more:

  • salt (sodium)
  • olive oil*
  • cherries (within reason 🙂 )

I am so excited, you guys! 😀

We’ll see if these improvements continue. Stay tuned!

For previous logs on #myjourneytorecovery, check out these articles:

It’s All In Your Head

I Thought Avocado Was My Friend

When You Can Only Eat Five Foods

Also see:

Legit Excuses for Picky Eaters

Genetics: A Brief Glance

Adrenal Fatigue

Misconceptions about Optimal Health

What is Pyroluria, and Do You Have It?


Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. – Hippocrates

Food is medicine. We can actually change our gene expressions with the foods we eat. – David Perlmutter

Food Choices Change Our Gene Expression – David Perlmutter, MD

* I drink olive oil, which bothers my stomach temporarily, but also tends to give me more energy and help with digestion. Olive oil can also be an effective natural pain reliever for some.


For more info on the supplements I use, please see my Resources page.

© 2017 Kate Richardson All Rights Reserved

10 thoughts on “My Journey to Recovery: An Update

  1. Yay!! I’m so glad you’re seeing noticeable progress, girl 💜. I’m in a similar boat, a journey to health recovery. It can be long and grueling, and sometimes frustrating, and it’s always awesome to feel like you’re getting somewhere, that the effort is paying off! Keep going, dear one! 👏🏼👏🏼💗

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    1. Thanks Laina! 🙂 💟💖 So true, it is often a long and frustrating road. 😓 The solutions are not always easy to find – or to implement once you find them. Often, it feels like the recovery process itself requires a level of energy that you don’t even have! Ugh. I am very excited (and a little surprised) to finally be finding some answers and actually seeing improvements, but waiting for results definitely was (and is) difficult.

      I’m so sorry about your health struggles. 😢 From what I’ve read of your blog, it sounds like you’re one of the sharpest doctors ever – an excellent problem solver. 🙂 Hope you are able to find healing from your conditions (or at least ways to address some of the causes and mitigate the effects). You are in my thoughts and prayers.❤️💜💙💚❤️

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      1. Thank you so much, Kate! 😘😘. You’re absolutely right, on all points 👏🏼👏🏼. Long and frustrating is right! 😦. If I listed everything off, most people would be all “are you sure you’re not a hypochondriac?” Lol. It’s a long list, some genetic, some acquired. And yes the recovery process (which I can only do for the acquired stuff, of course), is indeed a long one; you’re spot-on about how the healing process can sometimes take more energy than one has 👏🏼👏🏼. That’s so cool that you’re finding the answers! That’s a huge step in itself, and very important, because it provides the correct starting point 👍🏼👍🏼. Waiting for results is the worst! Lol I do know that feeling 💗

        Thank you bunches for your support and kind words 😘. I try to look at my issues as a gift in disguise; because I have them, I know firsthand what it’s like and I can put myself in other people’s shoes 💜. I can look that patient in the eye and say, “I’ve been there.” Honestly if I hadn’t found the sub-specialty I’m in, I would–I swear–be in a wheelchair right now. I’ve been working on myself in waves for the past 15 years now, which is what prompted me to go to med school; I was having success and wanted to help others, and I knew I would need credentials lol 😉. It’s interesting how, mostly because of genetics and stress levels, different things pop up, get resolved, and then other things pop up lol. The genetics are pretty bad (I’ve tested both my parents and myself); if there’s a genetic mutation to be had in either of them, I got it passed down to me lol 😂. I guess it is what it is. Anyway, thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers, luv! Mine are with you too! ❤️💛💚💙💜💞

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