The digestive issues have uncovered a metabolic problem that was brought on by the hormone changes of andropause. It has a name metabolic syndrome, and means I have to take care of the heart.
The older I get the more I am having to refine my diet, a diet that appears on the surface to be healthy. For example, laziness had taken me to eating frozen veg, and I had to knock that on the head.
I am conscious that I eat too much fruit but there are fruits that affect blood sugar more than others. This is measured using glycemic load. This page has a useful table of glycemic load for fruit, and has led me to make the following changes:-
Grapefruit – pomelo, cantaloupe, pears, dried apricots, oranges, guava, limes.
Avoid mangoes, bananas, grapes and figs.
Potatoes again do not rate well with glycemic load.
Taking care of the heart has also changed the exercise. Sport in bouts came from being young, but that puts too much strain on the heart. I have reduced the swimming, and taken up walking as well; I try to swim or walk most days.
I feel that heart and circulation are helped by the chi, and try to do Chi Gung every day. It is helping.
Heart and meditation are closely linked, and I have let meditation slip since the onset of the digestive issues. I must make an effort to meditate twice daily.
Target – meditation twice, chi gung and walk/swim daily. It’s all go.
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Posted by billzant on April 9, 2017
Posted by billzant on January 25, 2017
Since the beginning of November I have been suffering with digestion issues, and I finally tried to resolve them with acupuncture. Immediately the worst aspects of reflux and the “fullness-feeling” that was giving me sleep problems disappeared. Well almost! Late night last Saturday I snacked on a cheese sandwich, and reflux came; so in the middle of the night I chucked out some lovely cheese!! Following this, last night after butter on my sandwich at 8.00pm I had an uncomfortable feeling in my stomach – almost reflux; so, middle of the night again, butter also hit the bin. I don’t drink milk but attribute these refluxes to a lactose intolerance based on old age and based on my system being better attuned with the acupuncture and recognising that dairy is not good for it. This is my lactose intolerance.
However I have found some nice bread – gaba rice bread that has not given me the wheat problems – other wholemeal breads I have given me problems recently.
Now I need butter – vegan butter, something to spread on the bread so that it is not dry. Sesame seems a good start but tahini is dry.
INSTRUCTIONS(Amended online recipe)
1) Roast the sesame seeds in the Otto countertop convection oven
Just made this, can use it instead of butter. NOT too dry.
A creamy almond butter that’s more affordable than the store-bought versions!
I found almond flakes so will try those.
1. Place the almonds in a food processor fitted with an “S” blade. Secure the lid and allow to process for 20-30 minutes, stopping and scraping down the sides as needed throughout the process.
Problem – lost s-tool for food processor so how to mash avocado
3 tablespoons coconut oil, olive oil, or a combination of the two (I prefer a mix of both)
Place oil, salt, and seasoning in food processor and process until oil is soft and creamy.
It is interesting that this lactose intolerance has appeared after a lifetime of eating too much cheese. During my adult life I have been an avid butter and cheese eater, a number of times I was vegetarian and my main protein was cheese – a typical lazy meal was boiled veg with a lump of cheese, and I often made cheese pasta dishes. In Thailand vegetarian is usually translated as gin jer, but Thai vegetarian restaurants (gin jer) don’t have dairy, in fact I believe Thais think eating cheese is like meat-eating. So gin jer is vegan. Cheewajit (and macrobiotices) don’t eat dairy, and I was just giving in to taste in eating it. And suffering as a consequence. Here is John McDougall on food for cows rather than humans – NOT for this human now.
Posted by billzant on January 14, 2017
I think I am coming through a series of digestion issues.
I started my diet because I had been getting repeated reflux and headaches, both of which I thought were caused by stress in work – yet I had been retired a year; many times I thought the headaches were caused by stress giving me digestion problems. Soon after the diet started the reflux went, and over a period of time my health steadily improved with the diet and improvements in diet I steadily made.
Three years ago things levelled off, and then started to worsen. I discovered a chronic lung problem – that was giving me repeated flus, and was treated by an acupuncturist for this. I still have weaker lungs because of my age, but keeping them warm stops the repeated flus – an OK balance.
With my digestion I became frustrated because I put on weight. I had reduced to 85kg with diet but went back up to 90 and couldn’t do anything about it; during this digestion problem my weight reached 93 kg. I started eating butter and cheese because I liked them – I overdid it and ate too much. And last November I came down with reflux again – as discussed in my last blog I vastly cut back the butter and cheese, and took sodium bicarbonate. The reflux went but I was still struggling with digestion – feeling full and when I lay down to sleep felt that stuff wanted to come back up. I propped up the bed and slept with my head well elevated.
The sodium bicarbonate was the first mistake. I had read to be afraid of it, and when I first tried for a pH balance had used it and not felt good. This time I felt OK and the reflux went so I made my own alkaline water with this sodium bicarbonate. My digestion got worse as I felt fuller and fuller and felt this fullness when I went to sleep. In the end I stopped the sodium bicarbonate because I felt it was neutralising the stomach acids so my food was not being broken down in the stomach and staying there. I still feel that – without any proof.
But even though I stopped the sodium bicarbonate I found that I hadn’t resolved the problem. Following the reflux last November I had changed back to a 50% raw diet, I was convinced that was the right way to go.
In addition for a year or so now I have followed the digestive cycles (found them on raw sites eg):-
Digestion 12- 8.00pm
I had never been good on breakfast so this felt good when I started it.
But I could not resolve the digestion issue despite improving my diet – or so I thought. So yesterday I visited the acupuncturist who had helped my lungs. She listened whilst I went into more detail than she needed – especially long and difficult as she was Thai and I was speaking broken Thai. She immediately honed in on the raw food and the digestive cycles. 20% raw, and breakfast – rice soup. She gave me treatment, some pre-food medicine, and said two or three treatments. After the treatment she thought one would be OK, and things are much better today.
To be fair to raw people I have always read that older people (I am 64) should be careful with raw.
I am still concerned about the weight. Older people get fatter but I don’t want that. Having the extra rice soup can’t help with weight, and equally reduction in raw food cannot be good for the weight. But at the moment the sleep-related digestion issues appear on the way out.
Posted by billzant on November 7, 2016
The state of my health greatly disappoints me, it is still good but a disappointment. 9 years ago I began my cheewajit diet with tremendous results. I went to a natural health clinic with migraine and reflux problems, and the clinic immediately told me I had GERD and to do the diet. With the cheewajit my weight dropped to 85 kg – BMI 80kg, and I began feeling good because of the diet. I was JimCarrey-esque with my elation over the benefits of healthy eating.
About 4 years ago things changed. I began experiencing regular flus that were a combination of hormone issues – andropause, and a lung condition. Over the last two years my weight has increased to 90 kg although it seems to be stable at that. Because I was unable to get my weight down, I gave up a little and began eating butter and cheese. I have always liked cheese, and even when my diet was going well I ate the occasional pizza with no problems. I started with the butter and cheese 3 years ago, and stopped because of adverse effects. Two months ago I started with the butter and cheese again, and developed reflux problems again.
When I was teaching sleep became a problem. It began with stress, and I would recognise the source of the lack of sleep through the swirling mind-chatter. In later years I was meditating and sleep was better but in the end I lost sleep yet the mind was still. When I was eating cheese three years ago I also had a sleep problem, and didn’t really come to terms with it.
Good sleep is a measure of good mind, energy and body routines – eating well, doing chi gung and meditating. However I negate that because in retirement I prefer staying up late. I know sleeping between 11.00 pm and 2 am is good for your health – I call them melatonin hours, and often I have no melatonin hours. This is not sensible.
But I have now determined the source of the sleep problem that occurred during later teaching and since – GERD. Obviously if I have the reflux then I am not going to sleep, but when my digestion system was in a mess I can see that as being a source of the lack of sleep.
Recently, both three years ago and now, I will go to bed late and tired. I would lie down and my mind would start thinking – not chattering but thinking. I associated it with not enough study and writing to begin with, but it happened when I was doing both. The problem was GERD, not the actual reflux coming into the mouth but the unsettled digestive system. Maybe I had experienced some reflux during the night and the body was not happy with this.
Once I began to realise it was the re-emergence of reflux, I angled my bed; now my head is raised sufficiently that the reflux will not happen with gravity. But that is only the beginning.
When I first thought digestion was an issue, I considered pH balance. For three or so weeks I have been using lemon water knowing that has an alkalising effect. I now also think the citric contributed to reflux. But I haven’t given up with alkaline water as I make water with baking soda in it. I still have to work out a balance between the alkaline water and normal water for my water intake.
Previously I have used a turmeric-plus drink, and I let this drop. The drink in brown-rice milk, two spoons of ACV, 2 teaspoons of turmeric and a bit of black pepper, honey to taste, and sometimes chia seeds, garlic or ginger. I started this again and it helped. I now want to make two of these my daily routine.
I like cheese, and I think I can bring it back into my eating but it has to be controlled – I don’t know how well I can do that as I have cheese cravings.
What disappoints me about all of this is that it is never a solved problem. Diet helped and I felt Carrey-esque good. I even thought it was the end of health problems. Four years ago when health issues returned I was annoyed – now I am 64. The lung problem is permanent – it is ageing in me. GERD is also an ageing problem. When the reflux stopped, I would occasionally feel GERD stuff but not reflux. That seemed to go but it hasn’t. I have no choice, I have to be constantly vigilant of it.
Health awareness, that is the point of this return of reflux. Decisions I made concerning my diet are not set in stone, nor am I in a Carrey state where health will always be with me. My body ages. It has suffered damage in life, both naturally, by genetic inheritance and by poor treatment. This cannot be ignored. Living with my health is a matter of constant questioning, and carrying out routines. I have probiotics back – kimchee and kombucha tea, I felt good about that. I also mentioned the turmeric milk routine – I felt good about routines. But then reflux. There has to be constant health awareness. Apart from questioning eating routines there is the meditation, chi gung and physical exercise. As I get older I see these as being daily requirements – certainly meditation and chi gung; the meditation should be twice daily for spiritual reasons. I sometimes feel weak, and give up on these in part. That cannot be – constant awareness of mind, energy and body is essential.
Posted by billzant on August 28, 2016
This morning has been difficult health-wise yet I feel very positive.
I have recent issues – constant overweight of 90kg, cold chest and stomach, and I am hoping these will be resolved from what I have worked out.
This morning I began the parasite purge, and just one time with the brown rice I had a deep reaction convincing me of the presence of parasites. There were reactions in my stomach and my breathing was heavy. This suggests to me that my lungs and stomach issue is related to parasites and not just a weakening in old age, and my overweight might be parasitic-related.
Here in Thailand water is difficult for westerners. There is not the level of water treatment that there is in the West (too much in the West needing a flter). Even tourists know not to drink the tapwater but that is not the issue for me. I live in rural Thailand, and not all the water sources are mains. I have just moved and that alerted me to the possible problem. They call it nam bor, what might be loosely translated as water treated from a borehole. A Thai friend described this water as better, but I feel that Thai people have a stronger immunity to their water issues than I do.
I use a water filtration system that gives high pH, and I used it with this nam bor. I was not sure of the results. It has happened before – 4 years ago. When I last lived off the mains-treated water, the water with my filtration system made me ill. I started drinking bottled water then, and felt better. I am not confident with the water in my new house and have started using bottled water.
I have used the parasite purge twice. Once when I first started cheewajit nearly 10 years ago, and once a few years later. I felt better after both. I made a mistake. When I realised that the rural water was not good I should have done a parasite purge so it is possible I have been fighting parasites for 4 years, now I have issues with the water again I am doing the purge. And I had an immediate response.
There is another issue with my water at home, I bathe in the treated water; can parasites enter the body whilst showering? On top of this my exercise is swimming in the sea, what parasites am I subject to there? And then there are my beach dogs. Therefore I must do an annual parasite purge.
So what is the purge?
1) ¼ cup of raw brown rice in the morning. Because my teeth are shot I rinse and grind the rice the night before. Chew the rice until it is pulp, and swallow. Wait three hours before eating. Do this for 7 days, break for 3, do again for 7 days.
2) Teaspoon of ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) before eating.
3) Clove of garlic between meals.
4) Sauerkraut or kimchi to replenish the gut bacteria. Tablespoon every meal.
I am slack with fermented foods despite this blog recognising their importance. I have kombucha tea on the go at the moment but I am not sure whether my scoby remains are good enough. I have plain yoghurt but am not sure of how good that is. And I don’t use sauerkraut or kimchi anywhere near enough. I hope I will persevere with the fermented stuff.
But the main point of this blog is the Parasite Purge itself. My thanks as always to Paul Pitchford with his health bible “Healing though Whole Foods” – Parasite Purge discussed App A pp 654-666. I resolve now to do the purge annually, will I?
Posted by billzant on February 2, 2013
I have seen these “dreaded” things around, and my cook-friend at the “local banner” restaurant sometimes forces me to eat them. But they are not a choice veg to me as they are so bitter-tasting. I have changed my mind.
The other day a Bangkok friend, Gee at Orgathai, put up a picture and asked what they were; my contributions was some sort of ma ra. It was established that it was ma ra kii nok. My Thai teacher then found this article and translated it as her assignment – I teach her English:-
Momordica Chanrantia L is a kind of vegetable which has been used for thousands years in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Some other names in English are Balsam apple and Balsam pear. It’s called “Ma Ra Kii Nok” in Thai.
Medicine uses Momordica Chanrantia L for treatment of diabetes, liver disease and rheumatism. Traditional Thai medicine uses its leaves to cure fever, and its roots are also used to get rid of bad blood and to treat liver disease.
Research studies about this plant has been performed since 1962. Lotika and Rao discovered the Charantine reduced the blood sugar in certain experimented animals. There was a report that the bitter substance in “Ma Ra Kii Nok” has a quality that reduces the level of blood sugar. The bitter substance is anti-diabetic. It has a function that works against diabetes; for instance, activating insulin coming from the pancreas, decrease sugar coming from the liver, helping the metabolism and increasing glucose tolerance by inhibiting the growth of glucose in the small intestines.
“Ma Ra Kii Nok” juice can fight against diabetes in rabbits and white rats. It was also found that it can slow down kidney-disorder and cataracts.
There was a case study on 8 patients who had diabetes and were treated without being given insulin. Taking “Ma Ra Kii Nok” as food and drinking its juice, the case study showed that those patients could tolerate glucose better. The level of sugar in their blood decreased when they were full. The frequency of their urination reduced. As a result, the doctors suggested that people with diabetes take “Ma Ra Kii Nok” as food and drink to keep normal blood pressure and to slow down bad results caused from their diabetes.
Green “Ma Ra Kii Nok” is healthy food. It consists of Vitamin A (2,924 IU), Niacine (190 mg/g) and antioxidant.
How to make “Ma Ra Kii Nok” juice.
1. Ma Ra Kii Nok 100 g.
2. Cut each piece into 2 half
3. Scrape out the pitch and seeds
4. Put the pieces in a blender and liguefy them
5. Pour the juice from the blender through a sieve to get the juice
This recipe can make 40 ml of juice.
Thanks Aod for this, please put up the URL in “Comments”.
Well I couldn’t take 40 ml of pure ma ra kii nok, but I have added it to my green juice. I use pak bung because you can leave roots standing in water so it lasts longer, and 5 ma ra kii nok – ginger, lemon and honey. First taste was ghastly – too bitter, but now I am used to it and look forward to the drink. Good stuff – back on song.
Posted by billzant on August 30, 2010
Listen to this clip from Gwen Olsen, a drugs rep, telling it like it is:-
The whistleblower’s name is Gwen Olsen, and there is more useful info at http://www.gwenolsen.com.
Posted by billzant on July 23, 2010
In Gee’s blog he spoke of the importance of natural soap products. I believe I have found these through Aden. The soap I use is Mangosteen Peel, and the company make a range from Chaophya Abhaibhubejhr Hospital in Prachinburi 037.211523.
The other cleaning stuffs I use, clothes, dish-washing and floor-cleaning, appear to be Aden’s own brand, on the bottle is 0291365713 and email@example.com. I have tried to use this contact a number of times with no success. However I have developed an improved relationship with the manager at Aden, so I ask her.
My system gives me skin problems, and they have been greatly reduced with the use of these products.
Over time these skin problems have disappeared with continued use of healthy soap products. Lately I have been buying the washing-up liquid and liquid detergent from OTOP.
Posted by billzant on June 16, 2009
Recently Gee discussed umeboshi plums (http://mastering-health.com/blogs/gee/umeboshi). I had found these plums, as well as umeboshi vinegar, at Emporium and the Japanese supermarket Sukhumvit Soi33, I think. Gee’s article made me think that there might be an equivalent in Thailand so I checked the local market. And there they were – buai บ๊าย. At 25 baht it is slightly cheaper than paying 200 baht for the plums or 450 for the vinegar.
I have recently had flu issues based on ageing and hormones. This made me vulnerable to flu in the rainy season, and I have taken to making supersoup if I get wet. This supersoup includes the Chinese plums – buai.