My Journey to Recovery: A Few Updates AND Taking a Break

Some changes I’ve made lately:

Reintroduced zinc, in the form of zinc picolinate (see resources page for the specific brand I’m using). Quickly noticed significant increase in energy levels and sleep quality, although beginning my intense candida treatment seemed to put an end to that. 😀 I am now doing another round of homeopathic candida treatment. Hopefully the discomfort and weird symptoms are temporary, and a sign that a Herx or die-off reaction is happening (which can actually cause a temporary increase in symptoms associated with the infection).

Been reducing consumption of cherries. This has helped with energy levels (although again, the candida treatment – or something – seems to have since stolen that energy. 😛 ) I generally only eat cherries now if I’m in pain (see natural pain relievers), and/or if I particularly want to ensure that I sleep well. I pulled back on cherries to reduce sugar consumption – to help fight candida and also give my liver a break.

Tried reintroducing coconut oil.

Below is my recent health journal (Admittedly, this is not as scientific as it could be, as several variables are changing – sometimes at the same time or in rapid succession. However, when you’re desperate for nutrition, you might be more compelled to cut some corners, in terms of experimental/scientific purity. I really hate doing that, but have been a little desperate lately to try to discover more options. 🙂 As you can probably see, I’ve been a little lax and/or sloppy in recording things sometimes – I just copied/pasted this from my health journal, and have since edited it minimally. Also please note, I may have experienced other symptoms but not recorded them here if they were typical/routine symptoms for me):

04/22/2018 Coconut oil No new/exacerbated symptoms noticed
04/23/2018 Coconut oil Temporary slight pain in arch above right eye, near nose, lasting approx. one min.

Some stuffiness, but seems to be a continuation of previous allergies. Some throat congestion/dryness.

Foggy brain feeling builds.

Feeling clammy/cold/lethargic.

Experiencing brain fog.

As day progresses, continuing to feel worse. Head feeling “clogged up”, eyes heavy. Mild GI discomfort.

04/24/2018 Coconut oil Some continuation of weird head feeling (I think). Some dizziness.
04/25/2018 Coconut oil Diarrhea in morning (note: also morning after taking 9th vial of candida treatment). Mild GI discomfort. Itchy skin.
04/26/2018 Macadamia oil (took break from coconut oil) Tight head, ovary pain (at an abnormal time), neck pain and/or stiffness.
04/27/2018 Coconut oil Tight head, GI discomfort
04/28/2018 Coconut oil / macadamia oil Tight head, improved later


04/30/2018 Macadamia oil Seems to be okay
04/30/2018 Coconut oil Will require further testing at later date (perhaps after second round of candida treatment)
04/30/2018 Hemp seed Possibly some head tightness from eating too much? Few to no symptoms I think.
05/03/2018 Celery Some head tightness. Otherwise, few/no unusual symptoms so far.

As shown, I’ve also tried macadamia oil recently. It seems to be mostly or completely okay. So yay!!! Hopefully there won’t be any surprises or betrayals down the road. 😀 Sometimes, I am able to tolerate the fats/oils of a food that I can’t eat. (For example, I can do olive oil but not olives, and ghee but not milk or butter).

I’ve consumed hemp stuff fairly successfully in the past, as long as I haven’t eaten too much. So that was less of a surprise or even a true food reintroduction I guess.

I had tried celery perhaps a month or so ago, and was experiencing some GI symptom(s), but was unsure what was causing them (as the candida treatment could also have been implicated).

So I tried celery again yesterday. So far, I think it has caused, at most, one or possibly no symptoms. (As the head tightness seems to have shown up pretty frequently within the past several days, it’s unlikely that the celery is what’s causing it now. Might be the weather. And/or dehydration (…oops)).


I wanted to give you guys a heads-up that one of my next experiments will be to limit my electronics exposure for a while (possibly a week or two?) – specifically, exposure to my computer and phone.

While the results and analysis of this experiment certainly will not be entirely scientific or objective, they should give me at least a rough idea of just how much my interaction with these devices is impairing/affecting my health.

If I end up feeling significantly better while away from these devices, I might decide to rearrange my schedule so that I’m spending less time on the computer and phone each day, but allotting a certain (smaller) amount of time for computer work.

If limited electronics exposure actually correlates with improved cognitive function, then who knows? I might, in fact, become a better (more creative, articulate) blogger by actually spending less, not more time at the computer!

My goal is to record the approximate amount of time spent on electronics each day, and symptoms or improvements that I notice. I’ll probably have to be on the phone and/or computer to some degree most days, but I am planning to mostly take a break from blogging for a little while.

I’ve scheduled a few posts, but other than that, will probably be taking this time to accomplish stuff around the house, maybe exercise a little and (hopefully) regain some energy and balance, and give my violin, guitar, and piano some love. ❤

And hopefully catch up on reading.

Which…will mean mostly reading real books.

Exposure to “real” books does sometimes make me sick, but I’m beginning to wonder if tangible books are actually as hazardous to my health as radio frequencies from reading Kindle books on my phone.

Similarly, I might try spending more time outdoors some days – reconnecting with the frequencies of the earth (or “earthing“), despite the fact that I am quite allergic to the outdoors. I’m also beginning to wonder if the improvements from a change in biological frequencies might outweigh the negative side effects of outdoor exposure. We shall see. 😀

But yeah, I’ve scheduled some posts – on this blog and my other blog. Kinda like pre-made frozen meals, I guess. 😀 Hopefully they are tasty. 😉

❤ Kate

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2 thoughts on “My Journey to Recovery: A Few Updates AND Taking a Break

  1. A Chicken

    (Cautiously optimistic) cheers for macadamia oil! Where did you buy it from?

    Hoping the earthing goes well although you will be missed here. Some of us grew up on pre-made frozen meals! 🙂

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