We end our week of giveaways here at PrimalGirl.com with the final two winners of our contest. If you’ll recall, the original giveaway was limited to 5 books, but Tara had such a hard time choosing she decided to double that number.
Changes in diet can often bring about a remission of sorts from HS, but there are other pieces to the puzzle that can take years to figure out. The information in The Hidden Plague: A Field Guide For Surviving and Overcoming Hidradenitis Suppurativa helps sort out those final, stubborn causes of flare-ups so that you know how to stay in remission.
Today, we hear from two people who had a typical experience at the doctors – they were given lots of medication. Sadly, this is typical for those of us that visit the doctor’s office for our HS. These stories also tell another tale–about autoimmunity. Tara explains in The Hidden Plague how autoimmune (AI) conditions are connected. HS isn’t linked to any other AI condition; HS is an AI condition. When someone is suffering from more than one AI issue at a time, it simply comes down to the fact that their body is being attacked on more than one front, at the same time.
Thank you to everyone that contributed their stories to our giveaway. We’re sorry we weren’t able to help you all, but we’re happy that we were able to help at least some of you. If you’re still on the fence about purchasing a copy of The Hidden Plague, please head over to Amazon and read some of the reviews. The book is changing lives, it’s helping people heal, and most importantly, it’s giving us hope that we can regain our health, vitality, and power–all by ourselves.
I was on high blood pressure meds/ my doctor switched my meds to VASOTEC, which someone with asthma should NEVER have been given, I found out later. BUT that is not my main problem…soon after the switch of meds, I started having horrible pain, could not breath, bloated up unreal, told my doctor on one occasion I felt like my body was attacking itself.
He simply said, “we will get to the bottom of this”… after weeks of this… finally, one day seeing him and his intern doctor, he tells me I have LUPUS, and that it will eventually kill me. DID I have any questions??
I am thinking, “say what?” I had NEVER heard of LUPUS…so of course I was dumbfounded and did not have a clue what to ask. This was 1991 or so…am not sure today exactly…but KNEW I did NOT go back to that doctor.
Finally, one day a friend called and told me about a Rheumatologist in town just south of us, we did not have insurance and from my experience you had better have to see specialists, but I called and they worked out a fee we could afford and saw me. That was the beginning of a turn around but it has been so slow….he took me off all meds. Then slowly added various ones back and also told me that VASOTEC could cause LUPUS in some people and that anyone with asthma should NOT be taking it either.
I slowly got some better, later upon seeing another doctor after this one left area…was discovered my liver had been impaired. SO after 2 biopsy’s – and women who had LUPUS telling me they had gotten some relief from eating organically and such, I started reading all I could find about nutrition and health.
I am still battling residual affects – once you have an autoimmune disease so I understand, it triggers others, and now it is Sjogren’s Syndrome which has MAJORLY affected my eyes. AND then finding more info about my birth family(I had been adopted)so did not know much.
Until recently stumbling upon Jimmy Moore’s blog, and Robb Wolf and discovering new ways of eating that would help various diseases, has lead me to your site and book. I have yet to buy it, just saw it today.
I have been trying to learn and slowly removing the sugars/carbs from my food plan. So, this is a NEW JOURNEY and one I am sure is going to turn my life around with healing.
-Qpatches, Burlington, IA
I have been attempting to save for your book since I became aware that it was being published. I am currently a stay at home mom of a wonderful, yet active 21 month old boy. We live with his father, who works hard to support us and pay the bills. So, I save change when possible. Anyway, you have no idea how much receiving a copy of your book would mean to me. I really look up to you as a guide since it is only you who have given me any hope for my hidradenitis suppurativa. I have been suffering with it since 2005, when I began having breakouts.
Doctors kept pumping me with antibiotics, but the issue would only get worse. I would always have hope that the antibiotics would help, but they never worked past a few weeks. Then, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and went on meds which did not help. I suffered greatly, and could barely move between the hidradenitis suppurativa flares and fibro. It nearly cost me my relationship, as being a sahm who could not even clean, my fiancee thought I was just being lazy. I came across your article about hidradenitis suppurativa and potatoes in July of this year when I was looking for ways to cure staph infection when antibiotics wouldn’t work. I tried tumeric with honey, zinc, magnesium, anything I could find, but when I read your article, I knew I had to do whatever it took to heal.
I am now 100% paleo on an autoimmune protocol, and while it has really helped me a lot, I feel the need and desire for your book and expertise. I still have minor hidradenitis suppurativa flares under my arms and breasts and in odd spots, like my upper thighs and abdomen, but they are very small compared to what they use to be. However, I feel the final answer lies in your book, and I want so much to have it. Doctors will not listen to me, and keep telling me I have staph, but I know this is not the case. I *know* I have hidradenitis suppurativa. I am still learning where potatoes lie hidden. I just recently stopped eating table salt because I learned it has potato starch.
I could go on and on, Tara, but I know you are a very busy woman, but I just want you to know how much I look up to you and how much I would truly cherish your book. I really hope you choose me for one of your five copies. I would be forever grateful.
-Kara, 37, Granger, IN
***If you already have a copy of The Hidden Plague, it would mean the world to us if you could review it here, on Amazon. Just because your story isn’t on PrimalGirl doesn’t mean that it shouldn’t be seen. Share how reading The Hidden Plague has changed your life!